Biden signs off legislation to tighten US restrictions on China’s Huawei, ZTE



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Biden signs off legislation to tighten US restrictions on China’s Huawei, ZTE

Ahead of a Biden-Xi virtual summit set to take place next week, the US President Joe Biden had signed off a bill into a law which in effect would bar companies like of Chinese telco giant Huawei Technologies Co or ZTE Corp to receive new equipment licenses from US regulators.

Nevertheless, latest move from the US President Joe Biden to sign off the ‘Secure Equipment Act’ came forth months after the US Senate had voted to approve the bill unanimously, though the US House of Representatives had voted 420-4 to pass the legislation earlier this month.

As beforementioned, with a Biden-Xi virtual summit having been scheduled to take place as early as by next Monday which is expected to allay tensions over Sino-US trade spat, human rights issues in Chinese Uighur community alongside military activities surrounding Taiwan and adjacent South China sea, latest move from US President Joe Biden would spur up heats between the world’s first- and second-largest economies, suggested analysts.

Biden signs off laws to bar sales of US equipment to Huawei, ZTE

Under the new legislation which had largely mimicked a Trump-era move that prevented sales of US equipment to a series of Chinese entities which could be deemed as national security threats, the US FCC (Federal Communication Commission) would no longer require to review any application for equipment sales to an entity which could pose an unacceptable threat the United States’ national security.

Meanwhile, adding that more than 3,000 applications from US companies to sell US-borne technology to China’s Huawei had been approved since 2019, the US FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said, “The law will help to ensure that insecure gear from companies like Huawei and ZTE can no longer be inserted into America’s communications networks”.