By Gautham Nagesh - 08/20/10 06:59 PM EDT
The firm pushed back in a statement sent to reporters, denying the senators' claims that it is controlled by the Chinese government or military.
“Huawei is disappointed to learn that old mischaracterizations about the company still linger and we want to reiterate some of the facts. The truth is Huawei is an employee-owned private company. Government or military organizations do not hold any shares, or control the company in any form."
The senators asked the administration to provide details on any talks between the Treasury Department and Huawei, as well as any unclassified information on the firm's affiliation with China's People's Liberation Army. They also ask if the firm currently supplies any government contractors or if the intelligence community has any concerns or past examples of the firm using its position to endanger national security.