ZTE urges US probe be broadened, denies Beijing ties

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 October, 2012, 11:05am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 May, 2015, 9:20am

ZTE said on Monday that the scope of a US congressional committee probe into Chinese telecom equipment makers should be expanded to protect US national security and that the firm is not directed or controlled by the Chinese government.

“ZTE should not be a focus of this investigation to the exclusion of the much larger Western vendors,” ZTE, China’s second largest telecom equipment maker, said in a letter addressed to the US committee.

China’s top telecommunications gear makers should be kept from the US market because they cannot be trusted to dodge Chinese state influence and thus pose a security threat, the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee leaders said in a draft of a report to be released on Monday.