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Congressional Investigation of Chinese Telecomm Giant Huawei Raises National Security Concerns

The House Intelligence Committee has wrapped up a year-long investigation into companies including Chinese telecomm firm Huawei and raised concerns about the potential for that company’s equipment to be used to spy against the U.S.

As part of its official recommendation, the New York Times reports the committee wrote that the U.S. government should not use products made by Huawei or ZTE Inc. and should block U.S. companies from merging or from being bought by those firms.

It also encouraged U.S. firms to not use either company as a supplier.

A group of Senators including Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), wrote in 2010 that the companies are “potentially subject to significant influence by the Chinese military, which may create an opportunity for manipulation of switches, routers, or software embedded in American telecommunications network so that communications can be disrupted, intercepted, tampered with, or purposely misrouted.”

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