China’s mobile phone and telecom equipment maker, ZTE, has hit back at allegations from US government officials that the company uses its presence in the country to spy for China.
Chinese state news agency Xinhua cited a company representative as stating: “ZTE is proud of the innovation and security of our products in the US market”, while adding it prioritises cybersecurity and privacy and always obeyed the law.
“As a publicly traded company, we are committed to adhering to all applicable laws and regulations of the US, work with carriers to pass strict testing protocols and adhere to the highest business standards,” the representative explained.
The comments come as concerns continue to grow in the US about the perceived threat from Chinese technology companies, with ZTE and fellow Chinese equipment vendor Huawei in the firing line.
Reuters reported this week US senators, spy experts, academics and businesses advising the government had warned China is trying to gain access to US technologies and intellectual properties through telecoms companies.
Earlier this month Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio also introduced legislation which would block the US government from buying or leasing telecoms equipment from Huawei or ZTE.