The US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has released a report today, following a year-long investigation, strongly criticizing Chinese tech-giants Huawei and ZTE which, according to the committee, “cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems.”
The report accuses the two companies of “obstructionist behaviour” during investigations, and it is this lack of cooperation that seems to have swayed the committee’s minds in classing Huawei/ZTE as a threat.
Huawei vice-president Charles Ding told the committee last month that “Huawei has not and will not jeopardize our global commercial success nor the integrity of our customers’ networks for any third party, government or otherwise.”
As well as security concerns, the report also highlighted “allegations of bringing in employees on the wrong kinds of visas and paying bribes to gain contracts.”
It is perhaps natural that US officials would assume that the Chinese government could use Chinese telcos for spying, considering that that was exactly what the Bush administration did with American telcos.
Huawei was the focus of a recent episode of the Sinica Podcast.