Cisco has confirmed that is has ended all sales agreements with ZTE, reportedly in response to an internal investigation into whether the Chinese firm was selling American hardware to Iran in defiance of sanctions. According to Reuters, an investigation by Cisco determined that its hardware was being shipped to Iran illegally by …
Yablon has been placed on
administrative leave 'suicide' watch.
Either they are true American Red Necks or they have received a call from the Washington Administration.
Send them all to the UK, our Government likes to sell things off to foreign owned firms. In fact I don't even thing we own anything anymore.
Rednecks or phone call
Does it have to be one or the other? It's likely more banal. Large US companies that sell to Uncle Sam in the billions know where their bread is buttered.The action was preemptive. It's very unlikely that Cisco was in any way complicit, but who wants to risk an investigation and the resulting political fallout and the potential impact on gubermint contracts?
As to ZTE, what a bunch of muppets. If they had an eye on the American market, it is height of stupidity to deal with Iran over some paltry 130 mil. This actually makes this whole ZTE/Huawei US market push more interesting. The only way it makes sense for ZTE to deal with Iran, much less fraudulently resell gear of its US partner is if knew it would not be in the US market. I wonder if it's just a pretense to starting a trade war. Having transitioned a significant portion of their economy to internal consumption, China may think they have less to lose than US. Or maybe they're just testing the waters - just like they are around Senkaku.
So, what can the US do?
Appears to me ZTE are in deep doo-doo.
Apart from the usual fine of x million dollars, can ZTE get their products banned from the US market etc? I mean, don't the Americans usually have something of a dim view of people and companies who go sanction busting?
Re: So, what can the US do?
Basically, the US can not just ban the sale of ZTE equipment in the US. They can ban US companies from dealing with ZTE in any way, anywhere in the world.
"build a $131 surveillance system that..."
What are they using? A rack of Raspberry Pis?
$131 - is this for tin cans and string?
Surely a typo, but is it billion or million
According to an FBI affidavit, ...
Ashley Yablon, general counsel of ZTE USA, said he saw senior ZTE executives ...
Since when do people accept FBI anything on face value other than prosecutors and judges?
No doubt Ashley is line for USA alien status and after 5 years, and manufacturing more tails, he will get a new passport.
So here is ZTE trying to break into the US market and they said this to a congressional panel:
""The committee’s central question has been: would ZTE grant China’s government access to ZTE telecom infrastructure equipment for a cyber attack?" he explained. "Let me answer emphatically: no! China’s government has never made such a request. We expect the Chinese government never to make such a request of ZTE. If such a request were made, ZTE would be bound by US law.""
So ZTE said they would be bound by US law but when push came to shove, US law didn't trump what ZTE viewed as a conflict elsewhere. So what is it ZTE, going to follow US law or not? You can't have it both ways. Maybe a court needs to demand the documents get turned over and when the US ZTE executives say no, toss them in jail until the documents are turned over. The ZTE executives have two options at that point.
1) Comply and face the consequences.
2) Don't comply and end-up facing similar consequences.
Do they really think ZTE will back them? Nope, ZTE will go running back to China and have China protect them; US executives will be sacrificed in the process.