Biden Administration Relists China’s Huawei as Threat to US National Security

The Biden administration has labeled five Chinese tech companies, including Huawei, as national security risks. 

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) classified five Chinese tech companies who pose an “unacceptable risk” to national security. These companies include major Chinese telecommunication company Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology. 

Acting Chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, said, “This list is a big step toward renewing trust in our communication networks. 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 US national security or the security and safety of Americans.”

The FCC’s classification of these five tech companies comes just days after the Biden administration imposed new 5G license restrictions on some of Huawei’s suppliers. 

The distrust between the U.S. government and these five Chinese tech companies is not a Biden administration phenomenon. In August 2020, under former-President Trump, the U.S. government barred agencies from buying goods or services from any of the five Chinese tech companies. In May 2019, the Trump administration also blacklisted U.S. firms from doing business with Huawei, Hikvision and other firms.  

Hikvision said on Friday it strongly opposed the FCC’s decision, saying, “Hikvision does not belong on a list for next-generation networks.” 

The other four companies have yet to comment on the FCC’s decision. 

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