Two Chinese firms blacklisted

Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., warned U.S. businesses and consumers Monday not to do business with two state-controlled Chinese telecommunications businesses.

A report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes the companies Huawei LTD and ZTE Corp. were "too opaque" about their relationship with the Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army and, therefore, could not be trusted.

"Their obstruction of the committee's investigation further demonstrates that they are not trusted partners for the U.S. government and business community," Wolf said.

The report recommends the government deny Huawei and ZTE access to "command and control U.S. telecom networks."

"It would be unwise for any American company or government agency to use Huawei or ZTE products," Wolf said, advising "in the interest of their customers and their country" that firms divest of any interest in the telecommunications firms.

"I encourage everyone who cares about our national and economic security to heed the report's findings," Wolf said.

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