WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the U.S.
Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they were concerned about what they described as China’s efforts to gain access to sensitive U.S.
Senator Richard Burr, the committee’s Republican chairman, cited concerns about the spread of foreign technologies in the United States, which he called “counterintelligence and information security risks that come prepackaged with the goods and services of certain overseas vendors.
Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s Democratic vice chairman, said he had similar concerns.
“I’m worried about the close relationship between the Chinese government and Chinese technology firms, particularly in the area of commercialization of our surveillance technology and efforts to shape telecommunications equipment markets,” Warner said.
S. spy agencies testify about worldwide threats.
In 2012, they were the subject of a U.S.
investigation into whether their equipment provided an opportunity for foreign espionage and threatened critical U.S.
infrastructure – something they have consistently denied.
Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry