China's ZTE Corporation executives meet Pillai on security issues

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New Delhi, May 13 (ANI): Executives from China's ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecom equipment and network solutions, met Union Home Secretary G K Pillai on Thursday amid reports of restrictions on imports of Chinese-made telecom equipment to India due to security concerns.

"We had a word, the talks are going on, we have appealed to the government. We have put forward our thoughts. Let's see what happens," said ZTE's India unit Chairman D.K. Ghosh after his meeting with Pillai.

Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation, the two major Chinese gear firms, are taking a series of measures to allay New Delhi's security concerns and said that they may build factories in the country, which is the world's fastest growing market for mobile telecommunications.

Earlier on Wednesday, the officials of ZTE Corporation said that it had been told by operators that its equipment had not met security tests necessary to be allowed to supply equipment to carriers in India.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has denied the fact that any country-specific ban has been imposed, though it has made it mandatory for telecom firms to obtain security clearance from the telecom ministry before placing equipment orders.

The shares of ZTE Corporation rose to 6.5 percent in Hong Kong on Thursday after the firm announced on Wednesday that it would consider setting up a plant in India.

The company has announced plans to come up with a new Indian Engineering Centre (IEC) in New Delhi, which follows the company's setting up of a new National Network Operation Center (NNOC). (ANI)

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