December 27, 2021

China Telecom Vows to Defy FCC Eviction, Keep Operating in U.S.

Source: Bloomberg

Journalist: Todd Shields

China Telecom (Americas) Corp. said it intends to continue most of its U.S. operations despite an order from regulators to stop due to espionage concerns.

China Telecom said in a filing that its business-focused telecommunications operations in the U.S. aren’t common-carrier services as the Federal Communications Commission categorized them so the agency’s order doesn’t affect those services.


China Telecom’s argument is “a classic case of law-fare, where China’s government is using the American legal system against itself,” said Martijn Rasser, director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security.

“That’s an intriguing ploy, but I don’t see that working,” Rasser said in an interview.

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  • Martijn Rasser

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Martijn Rasser is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Rasser served as a senior intelligence ...