A U.S. ban of China Telecom (Americas) Corp. by regulators shows that broad concerns about Beijing persist in Washington, even as the Biden administration takes steps to improve communications between the world’s biggest economies.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency overseen by Congress, on Tuesday voted 4-0 to cancel permission to operate in the U.S. for the unit of China Telecom, one of three leading communications providers in China.
“It’s an important action,” said Martijn Rasser, director of the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. “It also sends a broader message to Beijing, that regardless of who’s president, the U.S. continues to be concerned about the risks posed by Chinese tech firms operating in the U.S.”
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