The Biden administration has banned imports of telecommunications equipment made by Chinese companies, citing an “unacceptable risk” to national security.
The United States has banned aapprovals of new telecommunications equipment by China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE, among other Chinese companies, due to national security concerns.
The rules were unanimously adopted by the US Federal Communications Commission and will also ban the sale or import of equipment manufactured by Chinese surveillance equipment maker Dahua Technology Co, video surveillance company Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd and telecommunications company Hytera Communications Corp Ltd.
The news is the latest development in a longtechnology dispute between Washington and Beijing, as US companies demand more government support to reduce reliance on components made in Chinese factories.
“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications,” FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said.
“The FCC is committed to protecting ours national security ensuring that unreliable communications equipment is not allowed for use within our borders and we are continuing to work here,” he added.
The FCC’s ruling applies to future equipment authorizations, even if the agency has left open the option to revoke previous authorizations.
The rules would mean that no new Huawei or ZTE equipment can be approved for import. Conversely, some Dahua, Hikvision or Hytera equipment may be approved, if the companies can “assure the FCC that their equipment will not be used for public securitysecurity of government facilities and other national security purposes.”
“Our unanimous decision marks the first time in FCC history that we have voted to ban the authorization of new equipment based on national security concerns,” tweeted Brendan Carr, a Republican FCC commissioner.
Hikvision issued a statement saying its products do not threaten US security, adding that it will continue to serve US customers “in full compliance” with the country’s regulations.
“This FCC decision will do nothing to protect US national security, but it will go a long way towards making it more harmful and more costly for US small businesses, local authorities, school districts and individual consumers to protect themselves, their homes , businesses and properties,” said Hikvision,
The US has restricted trade with China since at least 2019, when the Trump administration banned Huawei from the purchase of vital US technology. In August, the United States also banned the export of four technologies related to semiconductor manufacturing, declaring them “vital to national security” and signed an agreement historical invoice. aimed at increasing the domestic production of semiconductors.
Shortly after the bill passed, the US chipmaker Nvidia has revealed that the US Department of Commerce has told it to stop exporting some of its artificial intelligence (AI) technology to China, due to a potential risk that the products will be used or diverted to an “end user military”. ”.
Other countries have also followed the US lead in limiting China’s access to their technology markets. Last week, UK government departments have been ordered to stop installing surveillance cameras manufactured by companies subject to China’s national security law.
The UK government also recently blocked the sale of British chipmaker Newport Water Fab to a Chinese-owned company for reasons of national security.
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