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The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has removed the authority of China Telecom to operate in the US, and given it 60 days to pack its bags, and stop providing domestic and international services.
Citing a recommendation from the Trump-era Justice Department, the Commission said China Telecom America “failed to rebut” a series of concerns raised.
“China Telecom Americas, a US subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned enterprise, 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 said.
“China Telecom Americas’ ownership and control by the Chinese government raise significant national security and law enforcement risks by providing opportunities for China Telecom Americas, its parent entities, and 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 FCC also said the national security landscape has changed since China Telecom entered the US market almost two decades ago, the company showed a lack of “candor, trustworthiness, and reliability” when dealing with US