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Foreign ministry slams telecom probe

By Liu Dong (Global Times)

12:18, November 20, 2011

China’s foreign ministry called on the US not to politicize economic and trade cooperation after the US government announced a probe into Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE due to concerns over a possible national security threat caused by their market expansion in the country.

In a news release issued Friday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Liu Weimin said, "It is beneficial for both Chinese companies and the US government in terms of strengthening economic and trade cooperation, which is also good for creating more jobs for Americans."

The probe, which was launched by the House Intelligence Committee, aims to investigate whether the rapid expansion of foreign telecommunications firms poses a potential national security threat to the country. Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. were included in the list, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Thursday.

"The probe will focus on whether the companies’ presence provides ‘the Chinese government an opportunity for greater foreign espionage’ and imperils the US telecommunications infrastructure," Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a news release Thursday in Washington.

The probe will examine how Chinese firms are supplying components of US telecommunications systems and the security threats that activity may pose. The committee has already taken an initial look at the issue, including briefings and interviews with intelligence officials, according to the WSJ.

"Huawei welcomes ‘an open and fair investigation’," William Plummer, a Washington-based spokesman of Huawei said Thursday.

Plummer stressed the company’s equipment was used by 90 percent of the top 50 telecommunications service providers globally and that there had been "zero security incidents".

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PD User at 2011-11-21220.255.1.*
In September, the US ambassador to China, Gary Locke warned and lectured China in the Chinese capital that if China"s economy didn"t allow wider foreign access, it will mean less innovation from Chinese businesses, fewer opportunities for the Chinese people and slower growth for the Chinese economy. Pot calling the kettle black, the ambassador should reappraise his great nation and fellow lawmakers’ investment curbs before preaching to others.
PD User at 2011-11-2176.124.224.*
It"s a blatant tactic by EVIL EMPIRE to discriminate Chinese owned companies,U.S INTEL ARE PROFESSIONAL LIARSRemember Iraq? For them to invade Iraq they have to LIE FIRST: BY ACCUSING IRAG IT POSSESSES WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION.The same thing they are doing to China: making fictitious accusation first to carry out their motive otherwise it would embarrass them.
PD User at 2011-11-20114.160.71.*
This is definately political. The US has no telecommunication manufacturers because its bad business practices kill them all. It has or on the verge of destroying Bell Labs, the famous icon of technology, inventions and innovations. Its big carriers like AT&T and Verizon must buy from Huawei or ZTE. If not, then from Sweden Ericsson and that is still foreign products.

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