HUNTER AGAIN CALLS ON ROMNEY TO OPPOSE BAIN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINESE COMPANY
RELEASE: November 30, 2007
Gary Becks (619) 334-1655, email@example.com
Columbia , SC
– At a press conference held at the South Carolina State Capitol today, Presidential candidate and U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) again called
on Bain Capital, a company founded by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, to drop its strategic partnership with Chinese defense contractor
Huawei Technologies in a bid to buy U.S. defense contractor 3Com. Hunter also called on Romney to use his continued influence
with Bain to terminate the proposed merger between Huawei and 3Com, which, according to a report in today's Washington Times, would threaten U.S. national security.
"As the founder of Bain Capital, Governor Romney has an obligation to utilize his influence within the company to terminate
the proposed merger between 3Com
and Chinese defense contractor Huawei," said Hunter. "In light of China 's refusal to port several American
naval vessels last week, it is increasingly more important that American military technology be protected from foreign companies,
such as Huawei, that are closely aligned with the Chinese government."
Times reported today that U.S. intelligence agencies informed the CFIUS review committee, responsible for examining
proposed foreign investment transactions, that a merger between 3Com and Huawei would threaten America 's national security. 3Com presently performs
vital cyber-security work for the Department of Defense.
"This proposed deal, which Governor Romney can work to terminate should he choose to do so, is unpatriotic and damaging
to national security," continued Hunter. As further detailed in a resolution introduced in the House of
Representatives, Huawei has close ties to the military of Communist China and allegedly aided Saddam Hussein and the Taliban.
Earlier this month, Hunter sent a letter to Governor Romney requesting that he use his influence as the founder of
Bain to terminate the company's partnership with Huawei, including the proposed merger with 3Com. Hunter, who is ranking Republican
on the House Armed Services
Committee, has not received a response to the letter.