Five Chinese companies pose threat to US national security, federal agency says

WION Web Team
Washington, DC, United States of America Published: Mar 13, 2021, 10:59 AM(IST)

Huawei technologies has dismissed questions pertaining to its role in China’s surveillance Photograph:( Reuters )

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The said 2019 law requires the FCC to identify companies producing telecommunications equipment and services “that have been found to pose an unacceptable risk to US national security.”

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has designated five Chinese companies as posing a threat to national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting their communications networks.

The said 2019 law requires the FCC to identify companies producing telecommunications equipment and services “that have been found to pose an unacceptable risk to US national security.”

The FCC on Friday, to this end, said the companies included Huawei Technologies Co, ZTE Corp, Hytera Communications Corp, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a 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.”

The 2019 law used criteria from a defence authorisation bill that previously identified the five Chinese companies. In August 2020, the US government issued regulations barring agencies from buying goods or services from any of the five Chinese companies.

In 2019, the United States placed Huawei, Hikvision and other firms on its economic blacklist.

Last year, the FCC designated Huawei and ZTE as a national security threat to communications networks -- a declaration barring US firms from tapping an $8.3 billion government fund to purchase equipment from the companies.

In February, Huawei challenged the declaration in a petition filed with the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The FCC in December finalised rules requiring carriers with ZTE or Huawei equipment to “rip and replace” that equipment. It created a reimbursement program for that effort, and US lawmakers in December approved $1.9 billion to fund the programme.

(with inputs)

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