FCC May Revoke Authorisation of Four Chinese-Controlled Firms to Operate in US
15:38 GMT 24.04.2020(updated 16:13 GMT 24.04.2020)
On 9 April, the Department of Justice said that relevant US agencies had unanimously recommended revoking the authorisations for China Telecom to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States, citing "substantial and unacceptable" national security risks.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued show cause orders to China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks, and ComNet, urging them to provide an explanation as to why the FCC should not launch the process of revoking their domestic and international section authorisations enabling them to operate in the United States.
The FCC's statement comes after the Chinese Foreign Ministry on 19 April called on the United States to stop politicising economic issues – one day after several US agencies recommended revoking the permits for China Telecom to provide international telecommunications services.
According to the ministry, the Chinese government always makes sure that its companies respect the laws of the countries in which they operate.
The United States has repeatedly tried to persuade its allies not to utilise China's 5G equipment and technologies, arguing that doing so would jeopardise security and intelligence sharing.
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