Washington: The United States is banning the sale of communications equipment made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and restricting the use of some China-made video surveillance systems, citing an “unacceptable risk” to national security.
Five members of the Federal Communications Commission voted on Saturday AEDT to approve new rules to prevent certain technology products being imported or exported that could pose security threats to critical infrastructure in the United States.
It’s the latest in a years-long escalation of American restrictions of Chinese technology that began with then-president Donald Trump’s administration and has continued under President Joe Biden amid fears that Beijing could use its tech companies to spy on Americans.
“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorised for use within our borders, and we are continuing that work here,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, in a prepared statement.
The order also affects ZTE and Huawei products.
“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications,” Rosenworcel said.
Huawei declined to comment. ZTE, Hikvision, Hikvision, and Hytera didn’t immediately respond to our requests for comment.
A number of countries have banned or restricted imports of Huawei and other Chinese products, beginning with Australia’s NBN ban, and including similar measures in the UK and Canada.