Trade barrier motivates U.S. Huawei, ZTE allegations: expert
BEIJING, Nov 28, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
As the United States warns that
two leading Chinese technology firms pose potential threats to its
national security, an expert from a Chinese think tank has called
this assertion "a barrier to trade."
"Technically or economically, it's impossible for Huawei and
ZTE to place back doors deliberately," Fang Binxing, a member of
the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of Beijing
University of Posts and Telecommunications, was quoted as saying
by Guangming Daily on Wednesday.
"Back doors" refer to programs secretly inserted by developers,
enabling attackers to install malicious software that could
paralyze networks and allow hackers to gain entry into highly
An 18-month White House-ordered review on Huawei, the world's
second-largest maker of networking gear, indicated no evidence of
Huawei espionage was found, but that it was still risky based on
the presence of "back doors."
Fang said Huawei shares similar technology with Cisco in
routers. As the world's leading maker of computer networking
equipment, Cisco is able to find any back door without difficulty,
if it exists.
"But now U.S. companies and government agencies fail to provide
any evidence," Fang said. "How can they still claim Huawei and ZTE
insert back doors in their products "
In recent years, Huawei has pursued a foothold in the U.S.
market as a private enterprise. Spying for China at the expense of
its reputation "does not make sense," according to Fang.
Huawei and ZTE have already become Cisco's major competitors.
But both of them hit an invisible wall when they attempted to
expand their business in the United States.
Fang said U.S. allegations against Huawei are groundless. "It
just intends to set up trade barriers to Chinese companies," he
He also called on the Chinese government to tighten its own
information security measures and establish a dedicated agency for
According to a report released in early July by China's primary
computer security monitoring network, nearly 50,000 overseas-based
internet protocol addresses were involved in attacks against 8.9
million Chinese computers last year.
As China is facing increasing cyber attacks and threats from
overseas, "we need a specific agency to take charge of network
security issues," Fang said.
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