China raises ZTE sanctions with visiting United States trade delegation

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China raises ZTE sanctions with visiting United States trade delegation

The Department of Defense claims that these devices could pose a security risk to anyone using them.

The US government's crackdown on Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and ZTE is intensifying.

Retailers on U.S. military bases around the world have been ordered to stop selling Huawei and ZTE smartphones over fears that they could be used for spying. The order does not ban servicemembers from owning devices from the two companies or bringing them to work.

Personnel on United States military bases can no longer buy phones and other gear manufactured by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE, after the Pentagon said the devices pose an "unacceptable" security risk.

He was referring to the outlets on military installations or near military installations in the USA and overseas that serve American soldiers and sailors.

"These products were removed from exchange service stores and exchange concessionaires worldwide", Eastburn said.

Members of the military can still buy Huawei and ZTE phones elsewhere, if they so choose, but Eastburn warned them to "be mindful of the security risks", the report notes.

He added that the Pentagon is considering whether another advisory is necessary regarding the department-wide use of the devices.

Huawei, one of the world's top makers of smartphones and telecom equipment, previously sought partnerships with major US carriers in an effort to break into the market, while ZTE, the Journal noted, comprises almost 10 percent of phones shipped in the U.S.

Representatives of Huawei and ZTE could not be reached immediately for comment on the possible executive action, though both have denied allegations their products are used to spy.

There was some controversy in April when it was discovered that exchanges on American military bases in Germany were still selling Huawei and ZTE products despite concerns about their vulnerability to espionage or sabotage.

"We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks", Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray said at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

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