China condemns US ban on telco, urges need for fair treatment

Beijing has lashed out at the US government’s decision to ban China Unicom from offering its services in the US, describing the move as baseless. It vows to safeguard the “legitimate rights and interests” of Chinese businesses operating in the US market. 

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said it strongly opposed a move by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Unicom’s licence, effectively banning the state-owned Chinese telco from providing services in the US market. 

In its statement, the FCC had said China Unicom posed national security risks as it was subject to exploitation and control by the Chinese government. “[China Unicom] is highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight,” the US government agency said. 

MIIT said Thursday the FCC did not provide facts to back its allegations and overgeneralised national security issues to suppress Chinese businesses. 

Describing the US agency’s move as an abuse of state power, MIIT said the Chinese government would take necessary measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of its organisations that invested and operated in the US. 

MIIT further noted that China Unicom had been operating in the US

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