The Unite States have announced Huawei and ZTE as national security threats

Ruben Fields
July 1, 2020

However, it seems that their fate has been sealed by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the company along with ZTE are considered national security threats.

None of these issues have particularly pressing importance at the moment, but the declaration does come as the culmination of a federal process to exclude and purge products from Huawei and ZTE from the wireless grid, especially in rural regions.

The FCC has in recent months stepped up its scrutiny of Chinese firms.

The U.S. contends that Huawei's equipment could be used by China for spying.

The declaration builds upon increasingly tough action taken by the Trump administration against Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecom gear, and other Chinese technology firms that pose security risks.

In May 2019, the FCC voted to deny another state-owned Chinese telecommunications company, China Mobile Ltd, the right to provide USA services, citing risks that the Chinese government could use the company to conduct espionage against the U.S. government.

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In the release, the FCC stated: "As a result of today's action, money from the FCC's $8.3 billion (approximately Rs. 62,676 crore) a year Universal Service Fund may no longer be used to purchase, obtain, maintain, improve, modify, or otherwise support any equipment or services produced or provided by these suppliers".

"We can not and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit network vulnerabilities and compromise our critical communications infrastructure", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Tuesday.

"We can not and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit network vulnerabilities and compromise our critical communications infrastructure", the Republican-majority FCC said in a separate statement.

Huawei and ZTE didn't immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment. The Trump administration also added Huawei to its trade blacklist previous year.

In September 2019, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Tom Cotton urged the FCC to review the approvals of China Telecom and China Unicom that gave them the right to operate in the U.S. The fund is a collection of subsidies through which the United States government can promote access to telecom services.

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