Federal Communications Commission speak on Thursday that a state-owned Chinese telecommunications operator can no longer operate in the United States for national security reasons, as officials in Washington went further to limit the influence of foreign powers. Chinese companies to American consumers, businesses, and communications networks.
The agency’s four commissioners voted unanimously to revoke the license for US subsidiary China Unicom, saying the company could access or reroute US communications and engage in illegal activity. art. The commission also accused China Unicom, one of China’s largest mobile service providers, of misleading the agency and Congress.
China Unicom said in a statement that it “has a good track record of complying with relevant laws and regulations and providing telecommunications services and solutions as a trusted partner of customers in the past two decades”. It said the FCC had not put in place a “mandatory appropriate process” and that it would “proactively protect the rights and interests of the company and its customers.”
The FCC’s decision comes amid persistent tensions between Washington and Beijing over China’s influence in the global technology and telecommunications sectors.
In recent years, lawmakers and regulators have focused on the potential threats posed by Chinese phone carriers, which serve a small number of customers in the United States. Lawmakers include Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, a Democrat and current majority leader, said in a letter in 2019 that the FCC should consider China Unicom and China Telecom’s ability to operate in the United States. The FCC told China Telecom in October that it could no longer provide service in the US.
The Trump administration has also waged a protracted campaign against Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, warning allies that they should not use the company’s equipment in their next-generation 5G wireless networks, and cut off access to core components for their smartphones.
In 2020, the White House unsuccessfully forced ByteDance, a Chinese internet company, to sell TikTok, the viral video app, to an American owner, also on national security grounds. Mr. Trump at first appeared to have coerced a deal that will see the majority of apps sold to enterprise software company Oracle. The sale is never completed.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/technology/fcc-china-unicom.html FCC revokes China Unicom’s ability to operate in the US