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US designates five Chinese tech companies as security threats

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The companies include Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, along with ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology., deemed a threat to national security of United States.

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Washington, March 13: The United States has labeled Chinese tech companies, including Huawei, as national security threats.

“The (US) Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today released a list of communications equipment and services that have been deemed a threat to national security… The list includes five Chinese companies that produce telecommunications equipment and services that have been found to pose an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons,” the FCC said in a statement on Friday.

 The companies include Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, along with ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology.

“This list is a big step towards renewing trust in our communications networks Americans are relying on our networks more than ever to work, go to school, or access healthcare, and we need to trust that these communications are safe and secure,” FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement.

“This list provides meaningful guidance that will ensure that as next-generation networks are built across the country, they do not repeat the mistakes of the past or use equipment or services that will pose a threat to U.S. national security or the security and safety of Americans,” she added.

Earlier, Trump administration had banned US firms from using the Huawei s technology to build wireless networks and placing the company on an entity list that prevents it from procuring US technology without government approval.

Last December, Congress approved a US$1.9 billion fund to pay carriers to “rip and replace” Huawei and ZTE equipment from US networks.

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