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Huawei-S Korea cooperation alarms US

‘GROUNDLESS’:The Chinese telecom said concerns over its deal to supply network equipment to Seoul were ‘puzzling,’ citing its unblemished record in product security


Last year, the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence urged US telecoms not to do business with Huawei and its local rival, ZTE Corp (中興), because it said potential Chinese state influence on the firms posed a security threat.

Both firms have denied they have links to the Chinese government.

A senior US administration official declined to discuss details of diplomatic discussions involving Seoul, but added: “We do have concerns about Huawei.”

The official said Huawei was excluded in 2011 from the building of a US wireless emergency response network due to security concerns.

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