Chinese tech giant ZTE reportedly responded Thursday to deep-seated concerns recently expressed by top U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers, arguing that it and its technology should be trusted.
“ZTE is proud of the innovation and security of our products in the U.S. market,” a ZTE spokesman said, according to Reuters. “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.”
The heads of the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI, as well as the director of national intelligence, all spoke about the potential dangers of owning or using a mobile device from foreign companies like ZTE and Huawei during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday. Several congressmen also voiced their respective worries of Chinese technology being used in the U.S.
“We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks,” FBI Director Chris Wray testified, according to CNBC. “That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.” (RELATED: Chinese Corporation Makes $2 Billion Bid For 5G Implementation)
While not necessarily new, the advocacy against Chinese tech firms, especially in the telecommunications realm, is gradually growing with urgency. So much so that these foreign-based firms are trying to stick up for themselves by ostensibly clarifying their good, pure business intentions.
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