Security fears mount over IBM-Lenovo deal

IBM's plans to sell its personal-computer business to Lenovo, China's biggest computer supplier, has raised concerns from government officials.

IBM's plans to sell its personal-computer business to Lenovo, China's biggest computer supplier, has raised concerns from government officials.

Citing a letter from the chairmen of three House committees, many major newspapers reported that the proposed sale may pose a threat to US national security and needs a closer review. According to the Financial Times, the $1.75 billion agreement would be "the biggest overseas acquisition yet by a Chinese company." Most frequent messages 1. The acquisition could threaten US security interests 2. House committees calling for full security review 3. Worry that the Chinese may use US facility to engage in industrial espionage 4. Deal would make Lenovo the third-largest PC maker 5. IBM is following all normal and routine procedures Based on 41 national, business, and top regional media articles from January 23-27, 2005 Evaluation and analysis by Cymfony

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