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ZTE fires back at U.S. Gov't: why not ban every Chinese device to be perfectly safe?

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ZTE fires back at U.S. Gov't: why not ban every Chinese device to be perfectly safe?
The United States Government and the House Intelligence Committee in particular has decided that smartphones from Chinese ZTE and Huawei pose a risk to national security, and the two phone makers are definitely enraged. ZTE has now quickly voiced its outrage saying the United States could as well just ban every Chinese device to be perfectly safe.

Moreover, ZTE is outraged because it sees no unethical or illegal behavior on its part. The accusations came under suspicions that the Chinese Government might be secretly using Chinese manufacturers like ZTE to get access to trade secrets.

ZTE has been pretty open in cooperating with the U.S. Government on this, but it seems that the results weren’t satisfactory. Here is the company’s official statement:

“Given ZTE’s cooperation and the facts ZTE has presented to the Committee, ZTE is disappointed that the Committee chose to narrowly focus its review on just the two largest Chinese companies and to exclude Western telecom vendors and their Chinese joint venture partners. Given that virtually all US telecom equipment is produced in China, in some measure, the Committee’s narrow focus addresses the overall issue of risk to US telecom infrastructure so narrowly that it omits from the Committee’s inquiry the suppliers of the vast majority of equipment used in the US market. ZTE is a relatively small US telecom infrastructure equipment supplier in comparison with most of the Western vendors. Sales of ZTE’s telecom infrastructure equipment in the US comprised less than $30 million in revenue last year. Two Western vendors, alone, last year provided the US market with $14 billion worth of equipment”


What do you think, should ZTE, Huawei and Chinese be lifted off the risk warning after the investigations end?

source: SlashGear

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posted on 09 Oct 2012, 07:55 19

1. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Who are we to say... we dont know any facts about the security investigations
Frankly, even China can ban Apple products in the name of national security if they deem fit

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:01 7

6. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


and THAT could hurt Apple real bad!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:51 2

11. Ragnarockd (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


LOL there was not even a single Apple word in the statement above and how everything turnaround and end up striking on Apple. Haha

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:07 4

12. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Yup thats true buddy, but i hope u see its relevance in my comments

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 21:47 1

27. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


didn't it came to your mind that apple products are mostly manufactured in China? :O if something is inside that device, don't you think they will continue to manufacture it? hmm.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:17 4

9. JKING_25 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


If you are a civilian you just made my day.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 15:55 3

19. Topcat488 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


If i'm not mistaken, was not Apple accused of spying or tracking the users of the iphone just a couple of years ago? So it might not be all that far fetched to assume China could retaliate. And then on the other hand, if i was owed more than 7 trillion dollars from the U.S.A., I might try to listen in, and see if they really were, intending on paying me back... Just my opinion.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 07:57 3

2. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Does this perhaps follow on the ZTE phone(s) that had spyware supposedly "accidentally" left on the phone? How short a memory do they think we have?

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:00 4

5. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Oh you mean like how certain record companies were putting "secret" DRM on their cds back in the day? yea, its not just China who've done this.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 13:12 1

18. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


That's most stupid thing I have read on here in a while, DRM? REALLY? Your comparing DRM to this? LOL I have heard everything now

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:38 1

22. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You must dont remember that some years ago...that DRM was comparable to a root kit. And I think it did cause some ppl problems with their PC's.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 21:07 1

26. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Umm no, i dont remember that. Care to post a link to back up that statement.

...on second thought, please dont. Can we get back on subject since DigitalRightsManagement has nothing to do with spying

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 07:59 7

3. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


I honestly don't know what to think about this. In a way I really feel bad for Huawei and ZTE for not being able to stand a chance in our US market, but at the same time maybe the general public doesn't really know all the facts. I do find it hypocritical that a good majority of Apple products are produced in China yet they're not being given all this scrutiny.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:00 1

4. blazee (Posts: 251; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Got no issues w these brands getting banned

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:03

7. Naitto (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


As long as they are under the influence of the Chinese Government that’s hard to say.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:10

8. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Does ZTE or Huawei manufacture Linksys routers?

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:22 1

10. ajac09 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


gotta agree with ZTE

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:39

23. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...they do have a point. lol.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:35

13. snowman (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


China has a long memory, in 20 or so years, if not sooner, the US will be made to pay big time!

US companies are already concerned about any retaliatory measures China will make.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:08

15. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


What is that a threat or something? Sheesh, get over it, this stuff happens daily between countries with shaky relations deal with it.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:23

20. snowman (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Sheesh, not you again, you get over it too!

If anyone criticses China, than that's OK to you! But if anyone says something you disagree with that's against the US you go bananas!

Using your argument, the US should just get over it too!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:41

24. snowman (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


"What is that a threat or something?", why are you taking this so personally?

And if you reply to this, well good for you! I can't be bothered with you anymore!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:17

14. iCandy (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Wait, the Congressional ruling governs "Telecom Infrastructure Equipment" and not "Cellphones", did I miss something?

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 12:44

16. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


This is just ridiculous. Our government gave China free reign with our trade policies in the 80s and 90s, and it transformed them into the most powerful country in the world, and now they are desperately trying to renig on this. When you dangle a carrot in front of the rabbit, why punish it after it gets the carrot?

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 12:46

17. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Wasn't zte busted circumventing sanctions on iran? That's clearly illegal and unethical.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:36

21. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


I Phone is made in China. It's part of Apple's conspiracy with the chinese government to destroy the US

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:42 1

25. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


This is the bottom line, we as regular citizens cannot comment on the validity of the claims or frustration on the part of ZTE. There may be cause for it but then again maybe not. One thing is certain that eventually it would be nice to get over this nonsense and countries allow companies to do business anywhere without imposing some kind of national pride or security to their products. I know I would hate it if I had a product that was deemed unsafe even if I know it to be otherwise. Countries are different I understand and so are cultures but that does not mean it cannot be dealt with.

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