WASHINGTON (AFP) – US regulators on Tuesday terminated the authorization for China Telecom’s American subsidiary to conduct business in the United States, citing ”significant” national security risks.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote orders Beijing-controlled China Telecom Americas to discontinue service within 60 days, ending a nearly 20-year operation in the
The firm’s ”ownership and control by the Chinese government raise significant national security and law enforcement risks” by providing opportunities for Beijing ”to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications, which in turn allow them to engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the United States,” the FCC said in a statement.
”Promoting national security is an integral part of the Commission’s responsibility to advance the public interest, and today’s action carries out that mission” to safeguard
China Telecom is
But it has faced turbulence in the
The company was delisted by the New York Stock Exchange in January along with fellow state-owned telecoms firms China Mobile and China Unicom following a Trump executive order.
The order banned investments by Americans into a range of companies deemed to be supplying or supporting
In April 2020 the
Trump’s White House in 2018 began an aggressive campaign to short-circuit the global ambitions of Huawei, cutting the tech giant off from key components and banning it from using Google’s Android services.