October 06, 2015 13:54 UTC

Science & Technology

Huawei and ZTE Deny Claims That They Present a Security Threat to the United States

Bill Plummer, Huawei's vice president for external affairs in the US speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 8, 2012Bill Plummer, Huawei's vice president for external affairs in the US speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 8, 2012
Bill Plummer, Huawei's vice president for external affairs in the US speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 8, 2012
Bill Plummer, Huawei's vice president for external affairs in the US speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 8, 2012


Play or download an MP3 of this story
  • Huawei and ZTE Push Back Against Congressional Report

From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English.

Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE have pushed back against accusations that they present a national security threat to the United States. The United States House Intelligence Committee released a report on the issue last week. Committee chairman, Republican Congressman Mike Rogers, spoke about the year-long investigation that led to the report.

“The investigation concluded that the risks associated with these companies providing equipment and services to U.S. critical infrastructure undermines the core U.S. national security interests.”
Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat, is a ranking member of the house committee.
“We already know the Chinese are aggressively hacking into our nation's networks, threatening our critical infrastructure, and stealing millions of dollars’ worth of trade secrets and other sensitive information from American companies.”
The report warned American companies against doing business with Huawei and ZTE. It also called on The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to block any purchases, takeovers, or mergers involving the two companies. And it advised officials in the United States to ban the use of equipment from these companies in their systems.

Both Huawei and ZTE released statements last week denying the reports’ claims. They said the report is an attempt to prevent Chinese companies from competing in the American market.

Chinese officials also reacted to the report. An official from China’s Commerce Ministry called the accusations groundless and untrue. He said the action by the United States violated its long-held free-market principles. And he said it would harm cooperation and development between the two countries.

Marc Maiffret is chief technology officer with Beyond Trust, a security and threat prevention company in the United States. He says the House Committee’s report may appear to be somewhat of a protectionist move. But, he says, China shares some responsibility in the matter.
“The complaints coming from them about the recent report, while maybe valid in some regards, come from a country that continues to have a large number of cyber-attacks, a large number of targeted attacks for intellectual property.  And I think in general it’s very hard to kind of make accusations against the U.S. or anybody when as a country yourself you have so many things that are happening from a cyber-security perspective.”
William Plummer is Huawei’s United States’ vice president of external relations. He said during an interview with the television program “60 Minutes” that “Huawei is a business in the business of doing business.” He said seventy percent of the company’s business comes from outside China. And he said Huawei is not going to “jeopardize its commercial success for any government.”
This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
by: Alex
10/19/2012 9:35 AM
I think they need to do so.

by: swag from: ?
10/19/2012 4:53 AM
i love you usa

by: Anonymous
10/18/2012 2:37 PM
America already make the world disgusted.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
10/15/2012 5:30 AM
If the congress reports opened some cases in which American military or business seacrets were stolen by equipment of these two companies, this accusation would be more pursuasive for everyone. It is reported in Japan that U.S. congress is also concerned about the exisitence of party organizations in Chinese private companies in America. For this question, Chinese directers answered these organizations are obliged to set up in all Chinese, even joint companies to control employees' thoughts by Chinese communist party. These regurations might be barrier for Chinese companies planning to expand abroad because they couldn't manage employees as they like. I don't think national seacrets protected by U.S. agencies with all its efforts are cyber-attacked by Chinese companies. Eventhough It would be possible that CCP officials get large kickback from companies for its approval to business operation.

by: johnlee baplant rubicon from: vietnam
10/15/2012 2:06 AM
we always feel nauseating for what chineeses are doing for my country and the entire world, for instant: they smuggle high poisonous food and goods into my country. They have been doing lot of brutal actions to harm our citizens by brought down our economy, exporting unsafe food. not only with my nation, they are cunducting that kind of action to the whole world. everyone must be fear when hearing the word " chineese goods". It is time for us to be up against this devil, we must BOYCOTT any its productions, and UNCOOPERATIVE with its business

Learn with The News

  • Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations in Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers meeting post in TPP Ministers "Family Photo" in Atlanta, Georgia, October 1, 2015.

    Audio Twelve Countries Reach Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

    For the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal to take effect, the agreement needs approval from national legislatures in all 12 countries. Completion of the deal is a major foreign policy victory for U.S. President Barack Obama. However, U.S. congressional approval of the deal is not guaranteed. More

  • Nobel prize in Medicine - winners

    Audio Ireland, Japan, China Scientists Share Nobel Prize for Medicine

    The first of the 2015 Nobel Prizes has been announced. The committee awarded the prize to scientists from Ireland, Japan and China for discoveries that will reduce death and suffering. For one of these countries, it is a first-ever win. More

  • In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Oct. 4, 2015, an aerial view of a bomb explosion in Syria.

    Audio Western Nations Criticize Russia’s Air Campaign in Syria

    Western military experts have studied video recordings and said Russia is mostly using unguided, or dumb, bombs. Experts say such weapons greatly increase the risk of damage and death in civilian areas. Russia began the airstrikes September 30. More

  • Video US Promises to Investigate Afghan Hospital Attack

    The aid group Doctors Without Borders says at least 22 people died in the attack in Kunduz. Afghan officials say Taliban fighters were hiding in a hospital and on its grounds. But the Taliban and Doctors Without Borders say that is not true. More

  • New Zealand Marine Reserve

    Audio New Zealand To Establish Massive Marine Reserve

    Marine reserves are special places offer great opportunities to see rare and abundant sea creatures and environments. The Kermedec Sanctuary will cover 620 thousand square kilometers of largely clean ocean. It will be one of the largest marine reserves to protect wildlife in the South Pacific. More

Featured Stories

  • Video Know Your Enemy

    Do you have an enemy? Hopefully, you don’t. An enemy is someone who hates you and you hate them back. An enemy threatens you, attacks you or tries to harm you. In some languages, there are different words for a personal enemy versus an enemy of war, political enemy or enemy of the state. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

    When we want to compare things we use comparative and superlative forms. Find out some of rules and exceptions of these important forms in Everyday Grammar for this week. More

  • Video ‘The Martian’ Mixes Science, Science Fiction

    Hollywood's latest space operation gone wrong movie stars Matt Damon as an astronaut mistakenly left on Mars. The film is a hit with movie critics. But what do science critics think? More

  • The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part 2

    Video The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part Two

    We continue the story of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane. As we told you last week, the story is based on true events. In eighteen ninety-six, Crane was traveling to Cuba as a news reporter. On his way there, his ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Crane climbed into the last remaining lifeboat. More

  • Audio Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants

    The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth. However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef. More

Practice Your Writing

Confessions of an English Learner
Confessions of an English Learner blog

Tell us About Our Programs