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Pentagon Orders Military To Halt Sale Of Chinese Phones Citing Security Threats

The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered retail stores on military bases to stop the sale of products made by Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE for security reasons, including possibly the ability to track the location of military personnel.

“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to Department’s personnel, information and mission,” Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. “In light of this information, it was not prudent for the Department’s exchanges to continue selling them to [Defense Department] personnel.”