Huawei, ZTE Face US Lawmakers Over Espionage Concerns
Two of China's largest telecommunication-equipment makers yesterday confronted a US congressional hearing over concerns about their expansion into the US. US lawmakers are worried that Huawei and ZTE may have links to the Chinese government and their development in the US could bring risks of cyber-attacks and spying. The executives of the two companies on Thursday denied they are government controlled. During the hearing, the Chinese executives faced accusations that their companies had not cooperated with an investigation to verify their independence from the China's communist regime. US Republican Representative Mike Rogers, who heads the US House Intelligence Committee, claims Huawei and ZTE failed to provide full answers and offered, quote, "very few" documents for the committee's investigation. Representative Adam Schiff says even if the companies has no ties to the Chinese regime, Chinese law would give authorities the ability to inspect their communication devices. Huawei's CEO, Ren Zhengfei, founded the company in 1987 after he left the People's Liberation Army. His background spurred concerns that Huawei's expansion would undermine telecom security in the US. In August, the International Herald Leader—a newspaper under state-run Xinhua News Agency—reported that in an attempt to improve its public image in the US, Huawei hired a former US Homeland Security Department official, Donald Andy Purdy, as its chief security officer. In July, the FBI began investigating <b>...</b>
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