(San Francisco) The U.S. Communications Regulatory Authority (FCC) on Friday listed Huawei as one of the Chinese telecom equipment companies seen as a threat to national security, dampening hopes of easing ties with Joe Biden’s rise to power.
The FCC believes Huawei poses an “unacceptable risk” to national security, as does ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Dahua Technology.
“Americans depend more than ever on our networks to work, go to school, or get health care, and we must have confidence in safe communications,” Jessica Rosenworsel, interim chair of the Federal Communications Commission since Joe Biden took office in January.
“This list sets the trend so that the next generation of networks across the country do not repeat the mistakes of the past and do not use equipment or services that would pose a threat to the national security of countries.” United or the safety and security of the Americans. ”
The decision, which is in line with the decisions made by the Trump administration, drenches the hopes of Huawei founder and president Ren Zhengfei, who in February called on the Biden administration to adopt a “policy of openness.” He also wanted to reassure the group’s “survival” despite US sanctions.
The power of communications has been at the heart of the Sino-American rivalry for several years, against a backdrop of the trade and technology war between the two leading global powers. Huawei found itself in the crosshairs of the previous Trump administration, which accused it, without providing any evidence, of potential espionage for Beijing.
In 2019, the company was already blacklisted by the United States, which prevented US companies from selling “Made in the USA” technologies such as semiconductors and other components that were essential to their operations. Products, citing national security concerns.
Ren Zhengfei’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is also an executive director at Huawei, has been under surveillance in Canada since her arrest in Vancouver in late 2018 at the request of the United States, for bypassing US sanctions against Iran. She is now threatened with extradition to the United States on charges of bank fraud.
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