U.S., Israel air concerns over China telecom companies

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton raised U.S. concerns about the use of Chinese telecommunications equipment in sensitive sectors during a weekend meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.


"We are all concerned about theft of intellectual property and Chinese telecoms companies that are being used by China for intelligence-gathering purposes," said a senior administration official who was briefed on the talks.


The Trump administration has taken a series of steps aimed at curbing market penetration by Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd and ZTE Corp,
two of China's biggest network equipment makers. Both companies have denied that their products are used to spy.


The administration does not want any obstacles to being able to share sensitive information with the Israelis, the senior official told reporters ahead of the meeting, referring to the concerns about Chinese technology and investment at the port of Haifa.


"We specifically put it on the agenda," the official said.


פרסום ראשון: 01.10.19, 00:05