A business deal between South Korea (LG Telecommunications) and Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications giant, is causing great concern for several important American senators, who are advising the White House to dissuade South Korea from allowing such a deal since it could (likely) undermine defense plans for the region:
Dianne Feinstein and Robert Menendez, respectively the chairs of the Senate’s intelligence and foreign affairs committees, said in a letter that “maintaining the integrity of telecommunications infrastructure” was critical to the alliance (ROK/US) . . . The warning about the Seoul network came in a private letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.
Congress rejected Huawei’s entrance into the American market due to security concerns but this marks a first time that American politicians have taken a direct interest in the security concerns involving a Chinese company elsewhere.
Huawei’s CEO is quoted as saying Huawei can go elsewhere for business, other than America:
Ren Zhengfei, the Huawei founder and chief executive, said if the company got caught in the middle of U.S.-China tensions, “it’s not worth it”.
America has effectively blocked Huawei’s expansion in the American market due to concerns of the company creating a “backdoor” into sensitive communications systems throughout the U.S. (cite)