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?