US FCC red-inks five Chinese companies over national security threat

Late on Friday, US FCC said in a statement that it had designated five Chinese companies including Huawei which could pose threat to US national security

by Sourav D
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US FCC red-inks five Chinese companies over national security threat

In what could be seen as an undeniable sign of all the things which could bump into a baleful trade relationship between Washington and Beijing over next four years under a Biden Administration, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), an independent US Government agency that keeps a beady eye on a swathe of sectors ranging from radio to satellite to cables, said late on Friday that the Washington DC-based agency had marked up five Chinese companies including Huawei as potential threats to the United States’ national security according to a 2019 law introduced to safeguard US communication networks.

In point of fact, US FCC was quoted saying in a statement released late in the day that the blacklisted Chinese companies would include Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co, Hytera Communications Corp and Dahua Technology Co, aggravating a protracted trade dispute between the world’s first- and second-largest economy ahead of a meet between Biden Administration officials and Chinese delegates, scheduled to take place as early as by next week.

Nevertheless, back in the 2019s, the United States had blacklisted Huawei, Hikvision and other Chinese tech firms over national security issues, however, the US-sanction hit world’s No 1 telecom gear maker Huawei had appealed against the decision last month

US FCC red-inked five Chinese companies citing potential national security risk

Concomitantly, while US FCC had decided to make debarkations of such harsh measures under a 2019 law, the law enables the US agency to identify and phase out companies offering telecom equipment and services that could pose significant scale of risk to US national security.

Meanwhile, underscoring the risks Chinese telecom companies could pose to US national security, Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in the statement, “This list provides meaningful guidance that will ensure that as next-generation networks are built across the country, they do not repeat the mistakes of the past or use equipment or services that will pose a threat to U.S. national security or the security and safety of Americans.

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