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U.S. bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales, citing national security risk

Economy Nov 25, 2022 11:25PM ET
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By Diane Bartz and Alexandra Alper

(Reuters) -The Biden administration has banned approvals of new telecommunications equipment from China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE (HK:0763) because they pose "an unacceptable risk" to U.S. national security.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it had adopted the final rules, which also bar the sale or import of equipment made by Chinese surveillance equipment maker Dahua Technology Co, video surveillance firm Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd and telecoms firm Hytera Communications Corp Ltd.

The move represents Washington's latest crackdown on the Chinese tech giants amid fears that Beijing could use them to spy on Americans.

"These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications," FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement.

Huawei declined to comment. ZTE, Dahua, Hytera and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hikvision said in a statement that its products don't threaten U.S. security.

"This decision by the FCC will do nothing to protect U.S. national security, but will do a great deal to make it more harmful and more expensive for U.S. small businesses, local authorities, school districts, and individual consumers to protect themselves, their homes, businesses and property," Hikvision said, adding that it will continue to serve U.S. customers "in full compliance" with U.S. regulations.

Rosenworcel circulated the proposed measure, which effectively bars the firms from selling new equipment in the United States, to the other three commissioners for final approval last month.

The FCC said in June 2021 it was considering banning all equipment authorizations for all companies on the covered list.

That came after a March 2021 designation of five Chinese companies on the so-called "covered list" as posing a threat to national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting U.S. communications networks: Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corp Hikvision and Dahua.

All four commissioners at the agency, including two Republicans and two Democrats, supported Friday's move. The agency said it has authority to revoke prior authorizations, but declined to do so.

U.S. bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales, citing national security risk
 

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Republicans never miss an opportunity to simp for their loud guy even though this was used for political purposes and long known by intelligence services and congress.
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So Trump was right?
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When he said Biden would allow China to do this? Looks like Trump lost again. Wonder why his simps are so willing to bend over and beg their daddy Trump to gape them.
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I guess the Biden administration really is beholden to China. No, wait... Kevin McCarthy better investigate.
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Thank you President Trump
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This is a Trump policy. Old news. Smart though. ccp certainly wouldn't let Verizon or ATT set up shop in China..
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