Chinese Ambassador, ZTE team meet Home Secretary

Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 18:49

New Delhi: Chinese Ambassador to India
Zhang Yan today met Union Home Secretary G K Pillai in the
backdrop of concerns raised by Indian security agencies on the
use of telecom equipment made by Chinese manufacturers and
later expressed the hope that all issues would be resolved.

Emerging from the nearly 45-minute meeting, Zhang told
mediapersons here that "we had a very good discussion. It was
a positive meeting. I hope all relevant issues will be
resolved".
Pillai had said three days ago that India`s norms for
foreign telecom companies for doing business in the country
were not loaded against China and every proposal is decided on
case-by-case basis.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of ZTE officials, one
of the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers whose equipment
had elicited the concerns of Indian security apparatus, also
met Pillai.

"We had a meeting Talks are going on. We have appealed
to the government. We have put forward our thoughts. Let`s
see." D K Ghosh, ZTE India head, said after the meeting which
lasted for about half an hour.

"The talks were held in a positive environment" he said
when asked whether he was happy with the talks.

ZTE and Huwaei Technologies are the two Chinese telecom
companies whose equipment have evoked security concerns in
India.

BSNL?s tender for GSM worth Rs 36,000 crore allegedly
did not get sanction from the Prime Minister?s Office six
months ago following an alert from security agencies against
the participation of Chinese companies, official sources said.
The meeting between Zhang and Pillai also assumes
significance in the backdrop of Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh`s comments in Bejing that Indian government was being
"alarmist" and "paranoid" in its approach towards entry of
Chinese companies in India.

ZTE, a Chinese telecom equipment manufacturing company
has a factory and research centre in Manesar, Gurgaon, which
manufactures wide range of CDMA, GSM mobile sets and other
telecom components. Huwaei has a R & D centre in Bangalore and
are planning a manufacturing unit in India.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 18:49

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