Emily Kilcrease, the director of the Center for a New American Security's Energy, Economics, and Security program, described the FCC's Huawei apprehension, in particular, as "long-standing." In the past, the agency has stopped federal funds from being used to buy Huawei products.
But Kilcrease, a former deputy assistant U.S. trade representative, downplayed the quick succession of "tough on China" developments as a coincidence.
"Having said that, on substance, clearly similar assessments of risk and concerns with China's integration into technology supply chains and IT supply chains are driving both actions," she said. "We're very concerned about China increasing its technological capabilities in advanced [artificial intelligence] and advanced chipmaking. That's why we have the export controls. We're also concerned about their ability to be a dominant player in the 5G and telecommunications equipment market, and so that's driving the FCC action."
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