China Telecom Appeals Against US Ban
China Telecom is asking a US appeals court to block regulatory moves designed to ban it from operating in the country on national security grounds.
The FCC issued an order in late October demanding that the telco giant’s American business cease its operations at the start of 2022 in a bid to “safeguard the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure from potential security threats.”
It claimed that the firm’s ownership and control by Beijing raised major security and law enforcement concerns, by potentially enabling the Chinese government 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 order added: “China Telecom Americas … is subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government and is highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight.”
The FCC also claimed that the firm’s “conduct and representations” to the commission demonstrated “a lack of candor, trustworthiness and reliability.”
However, the Chinese telco, one of the world’s largest by subscriber numbers, reportedly told the US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia on