The US recognized Huawei and ZTE as a “threat to national security”

The US recognized Huawei and ZTE as a “threat to national security”

Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE have been listed as a threat to US national security, US Federal Communications Commission said.

“The FCC's Bureau of public and internal security has formally announced that Huawei Technologies Company (Huawei) and ZTE Corporation, as well as their parent and subsidiary companies and divisions, are subject to the FCC's November 2019 ban on supporting shared services to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a threat to national security,” the statement said.

The head of the regulator, Ajit Pai, explained that the companies are linked to the Communist Party and the Chinese military, and are also required by Chinese law to cooperate with the Chinese intelligence services.

In May last year, the US Department of Commerce blacklisted Huawei, which blocks the company from purchasing components and technologies from American manufacturers.

Huawei is also on the list of organizations that are prohibited from doing business with American businesses without the appropriate licenses.

The US administration accuses the Chinese company of collaborating with the Chinese military and intelligence and possible surveillance of clients. Washington is also trying to convince a number of countries not to use Huawei's infrastructure and equipment when switching to the 5G cellular standard.

The company, in turn, calls these charges unfounded, politically motivated, and violating the principles of market competition.

Earlier it was reported that US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that Beijing threatened to punish the British Bank HSBC and violate obligations to build nuclear power plants in the UK if London does not allow Huawei to build its 5G network.

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