ZTE Blasts US Discrimination
While the leaders of the world's two largest economies meet to hash out issues like currency valuation, human rights, trade disputes, and security (just to name a few), the chief executive of ZTE's U.S. business told Bloomberg that the U.S. does not treat his company "fairly."
Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE USA told Bloomberg in an interview: “Because of miscommunications and misperceptions of politicians in the U.S., we believe that ZTE is not treated fairly in this marketplace.”
According to the report, he said that his company is being treated with suspicion and considered in the same way as Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. by U.S. government officials, which is limiting ZTE's growth. (See Huawei, AT&T, and the NSA, US Gets Worried About Huawei , Huawei's Latest US Offensive and No Way Huawei? )
ZTE, and Huawei, won't be helped by a a report released this month by the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission -- an independent advisory board to the US Congress -- on the national security implications of investment and products from Chinese telecoms companies.
ZTE picked a good time to make its point. Telecom equipment supply deals in the U.S. may well be one of the many issues that President Obama and President Hu need to talk about. But it's not likely that this will be a high priority for the two leaders this week, given the amount of weightier issues that have strained the relationship between the U.S. and China recently. (See Huawei, ZTE Spook Sprint? )
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile