Huawei welcomes US probe: deputy chair

Dylan Bushell-Embling
25 Feb 2011

Huawei is open to an investigation from the US government, and would in fact appreciate the opportunity to work with officials to address any security concerns, the company said today.

In an open letter on the company's website, Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu said he wanted to clarify “a number of misperceptions” about the Chinese vendor that have “had a significant and negative impact on our business activity.”

He repeated denials that the company retains any link with the Chinese military, and insisted that the company respects and follows international intellectual property laws.

In response to claims the company is financially supported by the Chinese government, Hu admitted that the company had received a total of 593 million yuan ($89.75 million) in financial aid for R&D activities in 2010.

But he said that this and various tax incentives are in line with the financial support other countries – including the US itself – provide companies on their soil.

Hu also addressed the security concerns that led to the vendor losing out on the $7 billion Sprint Nextel tender last year.

“The allegation that Huawei somehow poses a threat to the national security of the US has centered on a mistaken belief that our company can use our technology to steal confidential information or launch network attacks on entities in the US at a specific time,” he said.

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