China envoy, ZTE meet govt officials

China envoy, ZTE meet govt officials

New Delhi: China’s ambassador to India Zhang Yan and ZTE Corp. executives met government officials separately on Thursday to try and resolve the ban on telecom equipment imported from China.

A home ministry official said the impasse may be settled in a month.

“We had useful talks. I hope all issues will be resolved," Zhang said after his meeting with home secretary G.K. Pillai.

India stopped giving clearances to telecom equipment imported from China late April, after the ministry of home affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office expressed security concerns.

ZTE is the second largest supplier of Chinese telecom equipment in India, after Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

The home ministry official mentioned above said the ministry has asked for ownership details of the firms in India and certificates related to their operations in other nations. “Some clarification and certifications were sought. They are supplying the same to us in two weeks. In another two weeks, the matter will be further processed," he said on condition of anonymity.

Home ministry officials said Huawei was not scheduled to meet Pillai on Thursday.

“We have met some officials from the home ministry and we have a series of meetings lined up over the next few days with officials from the various ministries, including the commerce ministry and the ministry of external affairs," said a senior executive with Huawei, who didn’t want to be named.