Huawei and ZTE Again in Legal Crosshairs
U.S. lawmakers are once again eying Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE over their potential ties to the Chinese government. Representatives Mike Rogers and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger are investigating the threat of digital spying from China and have sent letters to Huawei and ZTE requesting more information about their relationship with Beijing. In addition to querying about Huawei and ZTE's government relationships, the U.S. also requested details about the two firms' ties to five U.S. consulting firms, their recent business deals in Iran, and their funding arrangements with the Chinese government. "We're very concerned about the Chinese government hacking our national networks," said Ruppersberger. Huawei and ZTE have both made progress in winning U.S. business in recent years, including both wireless networking equipment and handsets sales to U.S. network operators.
China Opposes US Action Against ZTE; ZTE Phone Biz Safe
China's Ministry of Commerce says the U.S. Department of Commerce's plan to prevent ZTE from exporting American-made components will be bad for Chinese firms.
U.S. Asks Huawei About Iran, Syria Exports
Huawei's international expansion may have resulted in the company running afoul of U.S. export law, according to the New York Times.
U.S. to Suspend ZTE Export Sanctions
The U.S. Department of Commerce has agreed to temporarily lift sanctions it levied against ZTE, allowing its suppliers to resume some exports to the Chinese company.
Huawei Sues Samsung Over Patents
Huawei has filed lawsuits against Samsung in the U.S. and China, alleging the smartphone maker is using its patented technology without permission.
Opera to Sell Browser Business to Chinese Firms for $600M
Opera Software today scrapped plans to sell its entire business to a consortium of Chinese companies and will instead sell to them its consumer browser business. The original deal, valued at $1.2 billion, would have seen a handful of China-based investment firms take over all of Opera's businesses.