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Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:34 PM

House panel wants U.S-China telecom mergers blocked

Source: Wash. post

The federal government should block mergers of U.S. firms with Chinese telecommunications companies suspected of ties to the Chinese government to lower the potential risk that such firms could serve as conduits for espionage, a congressional panel concluded.

The recommendation is one of several growing out of a nearly year-long investigation by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is set to issue its report Monday. The report accuses two major Chinese telecoms, Huawei and ZTE, of failing to cooperate fully with the panel’s probe into their operations and alleged ties to the Chinese government and military.

“Huawei and ZTE have failed to assuage the committee’s significant security concerns presented by their continued expansion into the United States,” the report said. “In fact, given their obstructionist behavior, the committee believes addressing these concerns have become an imperative for the country.”

The United States has become more vocal about the growing problem of economic cyber espionage, particularly by China. The U.S. intelligence community has publicly accused China of engaging in widespread cyber theft of corporate secrets. A report last fall by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence singled out “Chinese actors” as “the world’s most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-panel-wants-us-china-telecom-mergers-blocked/2012/10/07/9fad5aaa-0f60-11e2-bd1a-b868e65d57eb_singlePage.html

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:43 PM

1. Sounds reasonable to me

But money will ultimately do the talking.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:48 PM

2. Worried about espionage

Not worried about monopoly?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 05:12 AM

4. How weird to agree with the House.

Don't tell them.

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Response to aquart (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:47 AM

5. Let's not be partisan when it comes to national interest and security...

 

Nothing wrong to agree with them when they are right.

We disagree with republicans on domestic agenda and economic issues, but all must protect national interest and security.

There is a related thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014259015

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:47 AM

6. Once the required 'bribe' amount is reached, all opposition will fold.

We were the leaders of the world 30 years ago, in communications technology, but the 'rich' decided they could get slave labor to do the manufacturing, allowing them to extract much more in profits. They could care less about American security!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 11:15 AM

7. Why haven't any of the articles mentioned the Bain connection to Huawei?

Bain partnered with Huawei a few years ago. Google it. Would Romney really be tough on China if his money and friends' business interests are tied up in Chinese investments? What was Bain doing trying to help give this shadowy company more of a foothold in the US.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 11:48 AM

8. H1B Visa did this Should have thought about this 30 years ago as corps fire usa workers

and moved jobs over seas

companies like willard's have been doing this for years - major corporations who have gotten government funding - all thos h1b visas went to training other countries

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:53 PM

9. If the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement goes through,

I'm not sure that even Congress will have the power to prevent Huawei and other foreign companies from doing business here, regardless of the risks.

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