China defends telecom firms Huawei, ZTE after US report

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 October, 2012, 3:37pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that Chinese telecoms companies operate according to market rules, urging the United States to “set aside prejudices” when it came to Huawei Technologies and ZTE.

“Chinese telecoms companies have been developing their international business based on market economy principles. Their investment in the United States embodies the mutually beneficial nature of Sino-American economic and trade relations,” said ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

The foreign ministry statement came after the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee leaders said in a draft of a report that Huawei and ZTE should be kept from the US market because they cannot be trusted to dodge Chinese state influence and thus pose a security threat. The report will be released later on Monday.