Leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee mentioned on Tuesday they had been occupied with what they described as China’s efforts to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual property through Chinese companies with government ties. From a record: Senator Richard Burr, the committee’s Republican chairman, cited issues concerning the unfold of international applied sciences within the United States, which he referred to as “counterintelligence and information security risks that come prepackaged with the goods and services of certain overseas vendors. The focus of my concern today is China, and specifically Chinese telecoms (companies) like Huawei and ZTE that are widely understood to have extraordinary ties to the Chinese government,” Burr mentioned. Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s Democratic vp, mentioned he had equivalent issues. “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 mentioned.