US Moves To Block China Telecom From American Market

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The has finalised its steps to halt Beijing-controlled Telecom from serving the US market because of legal and security risks.

US Moves To Block China Telecom From American Market

This was announced by US Justice Department on Thursday.

The departments, including Defense, State, and Homeland Security, said after a broad review that the Federal Communications Commission should “revoke and terminate” all authorizations for the Chinese giant’s US subsidiary, China Telecom (Americas), to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.

“The Executive Branch agencies identified substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks associated with China Telecom’s operations, which render the FCC authorizations inconsistent with the public interest,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

The agencies — which also included the Justice Department, the Commerce Department, the US Trade Representative and US counter-intelligence — said China Telecom is vulnerable to “exploitation, influence and control” by the Chinese government.

They said it has inaccurately reported to US authorities where it stores its US records and how it manages cybersecurity.

The agencies also made the recommendation based on “the nature of China Telecom’s US operations,” which they said allow Chinese government actors “to engage in malicious cyber activity enabling economic espionage and disruption and misrouting of US communications.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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