ZTE: Trusted partner for US customers

BEIJING: Chinese telecoms equipment group ZTE Corp hit back on Thursday against concerns from US lawmakers that it is a vehicle for Chinese espionage, saying it was a trusted partner of its US customers, state news agency Xinhua reported. China is trying to gain access to sensitive US technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, US senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday. Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he was concerned about the ties with Chinese telecoms companies like Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE. — Reuters