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标 题: Huawei tries to calm US fears
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Huawei tries to calm US fears
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Kathrin Hille in Beijing
Published: April 4 2010 22:29 | Last updated: April 4 2010 22:29
Huawei, the Chinese communications equipment maker, is in talks with US
defense and intelligence agencies as part of a campaign to assuage
persistent fears among US officials about the company’s alleged ties to the
People’s Liberation Army.
It is making the lobbying push in preparation for a potential bid for a unit
of Motorola, the US mobile phone manufacturer, and other possible US
acquisitions in the future.
The company is considering negotiating a “mitigation agreement” with the
US government – as Alcatel of France did when it bought Lucent in 2006 –
in order to show its willingness to co-operate with the US. Such agreements,
which are usually classified, include strict security procedures and in
some cases the creation of an advisory panel consisting of US citizens to
oversee sensitive operations in the country.
When Huawei was asked about its willingness to enter a mitigation agreement,
it said it was “open to exploring options to address concerns” of the US
Huawei had to abandon a 2008 joint bid to take over 3Com after it became
clear that the deal would be blocked on national security grounds by the
then administration led by George W.?Bush .
Since then, people familiar with the issue say, some US officials who are
wary of the company have been frustrated by Huawei’s ability to secure
contracts with US telecommunications groups, such as Clearwire and Cox
Huawei has said it has no connection to the Chinese military. But Ren
Zhengfei, its founder, is a former soldier in the PLA.
A committee of US government agencies known as Cfius can legally block
acquisitions of sensitive US assets by foreign companies if it deems that
the deals pose a threat to security. But there is no legal mechanism for the
government to block Huawei or other companies from expanding their
businesses in the US.
“One thing people are struggling with is [US government officials] would
prefer American companies not to buy Huawei equipment,” said James Lewis, a
senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Charlie Chen, senior vice--president of marketing at Huawei Technologies (
USA), said in a written response to questions by the Financial Times: “We
are aware that some in the US government have expressed concerns about
Huawei and we will work diligently to address those concerns.”
It is far from certain whether Huawei’s campaign will be successful. Google
’s decision to shut down its Chinese-language portal after it said it had
been the victim of hacking attacks from China has increased tensions over
alleged Chinese hacking and – in the case of Huawei – some privately held
fears within the US government over spying.
According to a person who was briefed by the company, Huawei has hired
Electronic Warfare Associates, a group that, according to its website,
conducts “network security assessment”. Mr Chen said the company was “
talking with third party experts” in its effort to address questions
regarding security and reliability, but would not comment specifically on
its work with EWA.
“The Google situation has no bearing on our business activities whatsoever,
” Mr Chen said.
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