Translation and Commentary: Jenny Ball
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hk.epochtimes.com

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on January 27th to terminate China Unicom U.S. subsidiary’s authorization to operate in the United States, which had been granted almost 20 years ago.

The FCC voted 4-0 to cancel the authorization, marking the latest step by U.S. regulators to prevent the Chinese telecom operators from entering the country due to national security concerns.

China Unicom Americas must stop providing interstate and international telecommunications services in the United States within 60 days of the FCC’s ruling.

The FCC said in a statement that it believes today’s action protects the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure from potential security threats based on the executive branch agency’s comments, China Unicom’s response in this proceeding, public records, and a thorough review of the FCC’s public interest analysis under the law.

The FCC, as the United States’ telecommunications regulator, issued ‘the show-cause orders’ in April 2010, threatening to revoke the operating licenses of China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks, and ComNet, their wholly-owned subsidiaries, citing national security concerns, while also requiring these companies to explain how they are independent from the Chinese Communist Party government and why the FCC should not revoke their licenses to operate in the United States.

On March 17th, 2021, the FCC voted unanimously to proceed with the process of revoking the authorization of China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, ComNet.

“Today, based on the FCC’s public interest analysis and comprehensive records, the Commission believes that the preservation of ‘Section 214’ for China Unicom Americas is no longer in the public interest, convenience, or necessity, now and in the future.” the FCC said in a statement Thursday (January 27th).

In the announcement, the regulator highlighted four reasons for suspending China Unicom’s operating authorization:

First, the FCC identified China Unicom Americas as a Chinese state-owned enterprise, which is exploited, influenced, and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party government, and it is likely that it will be forced to comply with demands from the Chinese government without sufficient and independent judicial oversight legal process.

Second, considering the changes in China’s national security situation since the FCC’s authorization nearly two decades ago, the FCC considers that both China Unicom Americas’ ownership and the Chinese Communist Party government’s supervision pose serious national security and law enforcement threats. This gives China Unicom Americas, its parent company, and the Chinese Communist Party government access to, store, disrupt, and/or misdirect U.S. communications, allowing them to conduct espionage and other destructive actions against the US.

Third, China Unicom Americas’ behavior and comments to the Committee and Congress are frank, lack credibility, and reliability, eroding the Committee’s and other US government agencies’ fundamental trust in the operators.

Fourth, the FCC determined that additional mitigation measures would be ineffective in addressing these serious national security and law enforcement issues.

The FCC withdrew China Telecom Americas’ license to operate in the United States on October 26th, 2021, claiming that the firm was “used, influenced, and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party government.”

The FCC rejected China Mobile’s application to provide telecommunications services in the United States in 2019, citing security concerns.

Comment: A stitch in time can save you a hundred dollars. Keep in mind that all Chinese corporations operating abroad are not only state-owned enterprises, but also controlled by the kleptocratic family businesses of the Chinese Communist Party, siphoning off wealth earned by oppressed Chinese people as well as money invested by the people of the world.

Source of the article: hk.epochtimes.com