China’s ZTE says it follows laws, remains trusted partner of US clients

Two US senators proposed bills to block the use of ZTE and Huawei equipment. — Reuters pic
Two US senators proposed bills to block the use of ZTE and Huawei equipment. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, Feb 15 — ZTE has always adhered to laws and remains a trusted partner of US suppliers and customers, the Chinese telecommunications company said yesterday,  China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

“ZTE is proud of the innovation and security of our products in the US market,” a ZTE spokesperson said adding that the company takes cyber security and privacy seriously.

The statement came one day after US intelligence officials warned Americans against its products and the US government’s recent move to block the entry of selected Chinese companies.

On Tuesday, the directors of six top US intelligence organisations, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA), told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they would not recommend Americans to use products from ZTE and Huawei, another Chinese telecommunications company.

Two US senators proposed bills last week to block the use of ZTE and Huawei equipment, thus stymieing the Chinese companies’ expansion in the US market.

In Jan, US telecommunications companies Verizon and AT&T dropped plans to sell Huawei phones.

“As a publicly traded company, we are committed to adhering to all applicable laws and regulations of the United States, work with carriers to pass strict testing protocols, and adhere to the highest business standards,” said the ZTE spokesperson.

This is not the first time the US has targeted Chinese companies. Fintech firm Ant Financial’s plan to acquire US money transfer company MoneyGram International was rejected by the US government’s panel in Jan due to “national security concerns.”

Meanwhile, China has expressed opposition and concerns over rising protectionism in the US after planned high profile deals were blocked citing security concerns. — Bernama

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