The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, March 12, designated five Chinese companies as national security threats under a 2019 law pushed by former President Trump aimed at protecting U.S. communications networks.
The legislation relied upon by the FCC requires the agency to identify companies that produce telecommunications equipment and services “that have been determined to pose an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.”
The FCC stated that the list includes Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp, Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., and Dahua Technology Co.
Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement, “This list provides meaningful guidance that will ensure that as next-generation networks are built across the country, they do not repeat the mistakes of the past or use equipment or services that will pose a threat to U.S. national security or the security and safety of Americans.”
With the FCC’s statement, the five firms are excluded from a list for U.S. companies to take advantage of an $8.3 billion government fund to purchase telecommunications equipment.
Last year, the FCC had already banned the use of 5G technological equipment manufactured by the companies Huawei and ZTE, linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), for considering them a threat to national security.
This was communicated on June 30 by the then chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, “Based on the overwhelming weight of evidence,” which demonstrates the “close ties with the Chinese Communist Party” of these companies, forcing them to cooperate with its system by transferring information.
In February, Huawei challenged last year’s declaration in a petition filed with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but the petition was reportedly rejected and now the FCC has reconfirmed its addition.
Among the last actions issued by the Trump administration before leaving the White House, aimed at limiting the Chinese Communist Party’s outrages, several U.S. suppliers to Huawei, including chipmaker Intel Corp., were notified that the United States is denying a considerable number of licenses to sell to the CCP-linked company, with the intention of rejecting dozens of other applications to supply the telecom firm.
An email published by Reuters, highlights that the scope of the restriction measures covered a “wide range” of products within the semiconductor industry.
The blocking of Huawei and other companies linked to the CCP, adds to the multiple preventions and measures that several countries, following the initiatives of the United States during the Trump era, are taking in the face of the aggressive strategies exposed by the CCP in search of its global control.
Beyond the recent measure, the Biden administration has not yet explicitly stated its position vis-à-vis the CCP and the companies linked to its military and intelligence apparatus. What is indisputable is that the current position is no longer as decisive as it was during the Trump era, when he explicitly spoke out against the atrocities and subjugations of the Chinese Communist Party.