Senators want a Chinese bid to supply telecom equipment investigated

08/22/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Eight Republican senators have called for an inquiry into a bid by China's Huawei to sell telecommunications equipment to Sprint Nextel for use in the U.S. The lawmakers said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., director of national intelligence, that the deal could present a threat to national security. "Sprint Nextel supplies important equipment to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, and it offers a broad array of devices, systems, software and services to the private sector," the senators wrote.

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