US Department of Commerce to accept additional evidence from ZTE

China's ZTE Corp said on Wednesday it planned to take "certain actions" under US laws following a ban by the USA government on American firms doing business with the company.

A group of Republican lawmakers pushed the Trump administration last April to investigate and identify F7, citing news reports that have highlighted the similarities between the company described in the documents and Huawei.

The DOJ's actions follow a larger pattern of the USA increasingly cracking down on Chinese firms. Today's report says that the Justice Department investigation deals with allegations that Huawei violated USA sanctions against Iran.

The U.S. government's investigation into sanctions violations by ZTE following reports by in 2012 that the company had signed contracts to ship millions of dollars' worth of hardware and software from some of the best-known U.S. technology companies to Iran's largest telecoms carrier. It started years ago with the accusation that the Chinese government uses companies like Huawei and ZTE to spy on other countries like the US.

Glenn Schloss, a spokesman for Huawei in Shenzhen, declined to comment about the probes. They warned that the company is "beholden" to the Chinese government and that we shouldn't trust their electronics.

In April, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would consider policies to stop using portions of its funding on products from companies that pose a potential national security threat. The measure has yet to be finalized. "In 30 years, not a single operator has experienced a security issue with our equipment". AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., the biggest US carriers, dropped plans to sell Huawei's latest smartphones. Somewhat fueled by the fact that the founder of the company once worked for the Chinese government.

Both companies also have been under scrutiny by US lawmakers over cybersecurity concerns.

Huawei maintains research and development facilities in Texas, New Jersey, California and four other USA states, all of which provide technology for Huawei's global operations.

  • Jon Douglas