US congressional panel probes China tech firms

US congressional panel probes China tech firms

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President and CEO of the Chinese company ZTE, He Shiyou presents the new ZTE Era mobile phone during a press conference in Barcelona on February 27, 2012 on the opening day of the Mobile World congress. The 2012 Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, will be held from February 27 to March 1 in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 10:22 AM

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of a U.S. House intelligence panel says two major Chinese technology companies have so far failed to address its concerns that they could be used to spy against America.

   Republican Congressman Mike Rogers says Huawei Technologies Ltd. and its rival ZTE Corp have refused to turn over corporate documents on the grounds it would potentially violate China's state secrecy laws.

   The two companies are among the world's largest providers of telcommunications gear and are seeking greater access to the U.S. market. Rogers said they could provide a wealth of opportunities to Chinese intelligence agencies.

   Senior executives of both Chinese firms are testifying Thursday before the panel. They deny being a security threat and say the allegations are unsubstantiated.

   The committee is expected to finalize its investigation in early October.
 

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