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After what is claimed to have been an 11-month national security investigation, a US government intelligence committee says that the nation's corporations should avoid buying telephone, internet or cellphone networking equipment from two Chinese telecomms companies, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp, both of Shenzhen.
In a report published today, the US permanent select committee on intelligence says the two firms represent a clear and present national security risk because of their alleged links with the communist government. Committee members fear that "backdoor" and monitoring facilities could be secretly present in their equipment, allowing, for instance, industrial designs to be stolen and copied before they are patented or registered as copyright.
A draft version of the report was quoted by Reuters as saying that Huawei and ZTE "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence" and so represent a national security threat, ...
... Huawei and ZTE "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence" and so represent a national security threat...
Indeed, aside from US-owned Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks, the telecoms switching and routing arena is a field where many large players are foreign.