American classifies Huawei and others as security risks

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The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has named five Chinese technology firms as “unacceptable risks” to US national security. The list released on Friday (12/03) includes telecommunications giant Huawei, along with ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology.

FCC President-in-Office, Jessica Rosenversel, said in a statement that this is “a major step towards renewing confidence in our communications network”.

“This list provides meaningful guidance that will ensure that, as they are built across the country, next-generation networks do not replicate past mistakes or use equipment or services that protect U.S. national security or safety. There are threats to the individual, also to that of Americans “, explained the executive.

The FCC measure comes a day after President Joe Biden’s government imposed new restrictions on the export of goods intended for use by some Huawei suppliers on the 5G network. Washington believes that Beijing may use Huawei’s equipment to spy on American residents.

China fought under Biden

On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian sharply criticized Biden’s new restrictions on the telecommunications firm, saying it would “severely disrupt technical and commercial exchanges as one in both countries and the world”.

In May 2019, in the context of an actual trade war, the Trump administration created a blacklist for US companies doing business with Chinese multinationals. Huawei’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, called for a fresh start with the United States under Biden, but it appears that the new president intends to maintain a hard line.

In an article for Foreign Affairs magazine in March 2019, Democrat Joe Biden had already stated that “the United States must sharpen its innovative edge to combat China’s growing influence in global affairs and around the world” The economic power of democracy should unite ”.

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The new president suggests that he is, in fact, to collaborate more intensively with international allies against Huawei’s ambitious 5G expansion. This cooperation is likely to lead to human rights abuses both against the Muslim minority of Uygars in China and Beijing’s aggressive stance in the territorial waters of the South China Sea.

After four years of friction and order under Donald Trump, the European Union is also considering close cooperation with Biden, proposing a Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council to coordinate Euro-American strategies in opposition to growing Chinese technological dominance .

Sarah Gracie

About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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