ICYMI – US authorities name more Chinese firms as threats to national security

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Reuters reported on this during US time ICYMI:

  • The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has named Chinese telecommunications companies Pacific Networks Corp, its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet (US) LLC and China Unicom (US) as threats to US national security, the regulator said on Tuesday.
  • The names are under a 2019 law aimed at protecting US communications networks. In March 2021, the FCC initially designated five Chinese companies under its so-called “Covered List” – including Huawei Technologies Co, ZTE Corp, Hytera Communications Corp, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.
  • The FCC said the companies are subject to exploitation, influence and control by the Chinese government, along with the associated national security risks. They also expressed concerns both “will be forced to comply with Chinese government requests for interceptions of communications, without the ability to challenge such requests.”

There is constant talk that US President Biden will lift sanctions on Chinese companies. It looks like it’s moving in the other direction though.

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