ZTE Blasts US Discrimination

9:50 AM -- Telecom equipment supplier ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has stepped up for a share of the spotlight as President Barack Obama hosts China's President Hu Jintao for a momentous four-day visit in the U.S.

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

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:15:07 PM
re: ZTE Blasts US Discrimination


Okay...if you have read my statements I am suspicious of Huawei and ZTE as anyone.  But, you can not necessarily link the company with the actions of 3 employees.  At least yet.




heavywriting101 12/5/2012 | 5:15:07 PM
re: ZTE Blasts US Discrimination

This breaking story confirms the fact why the secretive Chinese twins Huawei and ZTE are not trusted and blocked from doing business in most part of the developed world.

Reuters reports that Indian police have arrested three Huawei employees for spying on border security camps and money laundering. The arrests were made in Uttar Pradesh state close to India's border with Nepal.

The Reuters report said that:

"Huawei's spokesman in India, Suresh Vaidyanathan, said the company was aware of the arrests and "are cooperating fully with local authorities.....""

American government must wake up and ensure Huawei and ZTE are kept out of its soilt o ensure the safety and security of its land and people.

larryw408 12/5/2012 | 5:15:05 PM
re: ZTE Blasts US Discrimination

Crocodile tears from a bunch of pirates.  When's the last time a US company was given a fair shake in China?

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