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

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:

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

source: SlashGear



1. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 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

6. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

and THAT could hurt Apple real bad!

11. Ragnarockd

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 27, 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

12. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

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

27. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

9. JKING_25

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

If you are a civilian you just made my day.

19. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

2. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 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?

5. Galen20K

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 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.

18. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

26. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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

3. Galen20K

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 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.

4. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Got no issues w these brands getting banned

7. Naitto

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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

8. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

Does ZTE or Huawei manufacture Linksys routers?

10. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

gotta agree with ZTE

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

13. snowman

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

15. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

20. snowman

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 07, 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!

24. snowman

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 07, 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!

14. iCandy

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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?

17. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

21. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

25. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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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