BEIJING (AP) — China's government said a troubled bid by a Chinese telecoms equipment maker for a U.S. high-tech company is a commercial deal and appealed to Washington on Thursday to treat it fairly.
Huawei Technologies Co. and an American partner on Wednesday withdrew a request for U.S. government approval of their $2.2 billion bid for 3Com Corp. They said they failed to satisfy national security concerns.
''We hope the relevant U.S. authorities can deal with the case in accordance with law so as to create a fair and favorable environment for Chinese enterprises in the United States,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said.
3Com said the companies would try to produce a new proposal that would satisfy U.S. regulators.
Huawei says it is a private company, but its founder and chairman is a former soldier and early customers included China's military and state-run phone companies.