Huawei told by US Commerce Department they are a 'security concern'

Huawei told by US Commerce Department they are a 'security concern'

Huawei has been asking for an explanation for its exclusion from a US government project

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Huawei have been told by the US Department of Commerce that security concerns have prevented the Chinese company from participating in a project to build a national wireless network.

"This was a national security decision about a public safety network," said a department official, who requested not to be named. "The specific concerns won't be elaborated on, because we don't conduct national security analyses in public."

Huawei, a major telecommunications equipment supplier, has been seeking answers after it was denied participation in the project to create a nationwide wireless network for use by police, firefighters, and emergency personnel. On October 12, Huawei said that the company had requested the Department of Commerce to explain the decision.

The department's National institute of Standards and Technology informed Huawei of the decision on September 30, according to the official. Rebecca Blank, acting secretary for the Department of Commerce, made the decision after consulting with relevant US government agencies, the official said.

The department's decision has no bearing on any other government projects, he added.

The denial is just the latest round of opposition the company has seen from the US government over its business activities in the country. US government officials have been concerned about Huawei's alleged ties with the Chinese military, and how networking technology bought from the company could be secretly used by China to spy on US activities.

Huawei has complained the company is being treated unfairly. It has sought to clear its reputation and even asked the Amercian government to investigate the company. So far, the US has shown no signs of taking that offer.

In this latest setback, Huawei has said the decision could have a "chilling effect" on its US business activities, adding that the company is being played as a pawn in a geopolitical chess game.

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  • Liew Yet Onn China invests or sell products to US - security issues US invests or sell to China - China not open enough China wants to buy from US US say security concerns and only want to sell basic industrial products which China dont want to buy So US complain and complain until the cow comes home Sooner or later US will have to keep quiet as no one will be listening Then have tolearn from other countries to sell basic raw materials and agriculture produce to China Otherwise just stop trading with China as China dont want basic industrial products from US
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