The ownership and activities of many Chinese businesses, according to the Federal Communications Commission, pose a danger to the United States. National security is a topic that deserves further study. This regulation change bans ten firms from advertising or importing new goods. It affects companies that are already subject to different limits. These companies include Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Hytera Communications, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology – the security-camera manufacturers.
On Friday, the FCC announced its decision. The present directive requires U.S. equipment buyers to remove items they’ve previously bought. Alongside this, it strips authorizations for electronic models that already exist.
FCC also bans Huawei
Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation are under fire in the U.S. Regulators have banned them from selling electronics, citing cybersecurity concerns. This move follows a years-long attempt to limit the influence of Chinese telecommunications firms on American networks.
The FCC decided that the gadgets pose a danger to data security in a 4-0 vote. Export limitations on key, sophisticated equipment and software have previously been used to limit Chinese access. Fears that Chinese authorities might misuse user data from TikTok have prompted recent U.S. officials to consider limits on the video-sharing app.
The geopolitical context of the recent FCC bans
The FCC is just one of several American regulatory agencies to act recently. Officials may jeopardize a fledgling rapprochement established by President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month if they clamp down on China’s technology sector. The two presidents decided to attempt to halt the deterioration in American-Chinese ties. In addition, they decided to restart high-level contacts and areas of collaboration, such as addressing climate change.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has met with China’s central bank governor, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has also met with his Chinese counterpart since the Biden-Xi meeting at midmonth.
Despite this, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, has stated that the responsibility for improving relations rests with the United States. An October ban on exports to China of cutting-edge semiconductors and the technology needed to manufacture them is among the irritants, as is a decision by the Biden administration in October to limit exports of key Xi objectives.
U.S. sanctions have previously targeted ZTE and Huawei. The target has somewhat been on a global scale too. The U.S. has warned other countries to restrict Chinese telecommunication due to national security. This resulted in export restrictions. The Biden and Trump administrations have both focused on Chinese surveillance equipment manufacturers. Fears of Chinese companies using U.S. citizen data have surpassed hopes for better friendship between the nations.