Huawei: US block won't affect other markets
Posted on 17 Oct 2012 at 09:17
China's network equipment specialist Huawei has said the US security probe into whether the company's role in communications infrastructure poses a security risk is unlikely to affect its businesses in other countries.
The House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee issued a report earlier this month urging US companies to stop doing business with Huawei and ZTE, over security concerns.
The move has prompted Canada and Britain to also look into similar issues, sparking concerns that it could affect Huawei's business in other markets.
"No, I don't think there will be an impact," Huawei's senior vice president Zhang Chunxiang told Reuters, responding to a question on whether its other overseas business would be hit.
They investigated like they never investigated at all
Zhang, who spoke on the sidelines of a business event in China's eastern city of Hangzhou, said both sides were still talking and that the US investigation was a sign of trade protectionism.
"They investigated for 11 months and they didn't consider all the different material supplied by Huawei and they still came to that conclusion. They investigated like they never investigated at all," he said.
After the almost year-long investigation, the committee warned in a 52-page report that China could use equipment made by both companies to spy on certain communications and threaten vital systems through computerised links.
A staff member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said the panel has been receiving "dozens and dozens" of calls from current and former employees and customers reporting supposedly suspicious equipment behaviour, chiefly involving Huawei.
Huawei and ZTE have denied the allegations in the report. Huawei's US spokesman, William Plummer, warned the panel's recommendations would set a "monstrous, market-distorting, trade-distorting policy precedent that could be used in other markets against American companies".
Currently, the US market contributes single-digit percentages to both companies' overall revenues, with the bulk of their sales coming from mobile phones.
Huawei has made previous attempts to sell telecoms equipment to major US carriers, but failed.
"For many years, US has been blocking the entry of Huawei," Zhang said. The US investigation comes at a time when the United States is headed for presidential and congressional elections In November, with campaign rhetoric heightening trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
President Barack Obama blocked a privately owned Chinese firm from building wind turbines close to a US military site, and challenged Beijing on Chinese auto and auto-parts subsidies in a World Trade Organisation case.
His Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, says if elected he will label China a currency manipulator "from day one".
Typical Americans scared of comptetition
I don't think the Chinese will care too much about trading with the US.
The US will then have to manufacture all their own electronics while China undercuts them massively in price as they are already stocked up with factories making most of the electronics and other stuff for the rest of the World (Even though America thinks it is the world).
By curiousclive on 17 Oct 2012
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