Yesterday we reported on a U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee report that found two Chinese technology manufacturers may pose a threat to U.S. national security. The report alleged the companies failed to provide documents as part of the investigation, may have engaged in bribery and corruption, conducted discriminatory behavior, and participated in copyright infringement.
Today, ZTE issued a full statement in its defense regarding the Committee’s findings. ZTE notes they are already listed as a Trusted Delivery Partner by 140 governments and 500 network carriers. ZTE also claims they have provided an “unprecedented standard for cooperation” for a Chinese company with the House Committee. ZTE’s David Dai Shu, director of global public affairs, chides the Committee for finding ZTE “may not be ‘free of state influence.’” Dai Shu notes this standard would apply to any manufacturer in China, including Western companies that get their hardware from Chinese partners or suppliers. Instead of focusing on the geographical location of companies, ZTE suggests the Committee should examine equipment security and application of the Trusted Delivery Model for all companies providing hardware for the U.S. telecom infrastructure.
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