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Huawei persists in objections over US security allegations

A Huawei senior executive has decried US politicians for their treatment of the Chinese telecoms company. During an interview conducted by the BBC, board member Chen Li Fang highlighted the inequitable nature of the recent allegations levied at her company.

“If any congressman or woman raises concerns or fears because a company originates in a particular country, I don't think that would be fair," said LiFang.

Her comments relate to a warning issued in October by the House Intelligence Committee to US companies, which highlighted concern over the use of Huawei’s products amid suspicions of cyber-espionage.

Australia went a step further by barring the Chinese contractor from taking part in the building of its national broadband network earlier this year, while the UK has launched its own investigation into the firm, headed by Foreign Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

"The UK's relationship with Huawei has been a sensitive issue for a number of years," explains BBC security correspondent, Gordon Corera.

"But British officials argue they have found a way to work with Huawei and establish a working level of trust."

The current air of paranoia plaguing the firm also reflects a lack of communication and understanding between the parties, Huawei has argued.

"It's all based on misunderstandings and a lack of trust,” said US national and Huawei engineer, Ron Raffensperger.

"There's a reason so many of the companies around the world use us, and it's not because we're cheap, it's because we do really good stuff."

However, some commentators have attributed US hostilities to a systemic aversion towards rapidly growing economies.

"Every 20 years there's a big movement of manufacturing. In the 1960s it was to Japan, in the 1980s to South East Asia, and for the last 10 years to China. And every time there's a dispute between the new manufacturing base and the United States," posited Qu Jian, of the China Development.