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India Blocks Chinese Telecom Expansion, Citing Security
BANGALORE, India Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies' expansion plans here have again drawn the attention of Indian security agencies.
For the second time in the last five years, Indian security agencies have moved to slow Huawei's expansion plans out of concern for India’s strategic telecom network. In 2001, U.S. intelligence sources reportedly tipped off the Indian government about Huawei’s activities here.
Huawei has been embroiled in several high-profile intellectual property disputes with telecom rivals in recent years. Indian authorities are also concerned about Chinese links to India's neighbor and long-time adversary Pakistan.
According to a report in The Times of India on Tuesday (August 16), the Indian government has put on hold Huawei’s plans to use $60 million in new equity for its Indian subsidiary, Huawei Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
The report quoted the Research and Analysis Wing, an Indian intelligence agency, as saying Huawei "has been responsible for sweeping and debugging operations in the Chinese embassy [in India]. In view of China’s focus on cyber warfare, there is a risk in exposing our strategic telecom network to the Chinese.”