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US kicks out another Chinese phone company over security concerns

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Beijing – Washington Expel another public company Chinese A US market phone operator due to national security concerns amid growing tension with Beijing.

The Federal Communications Commission revoked Pacific Networks’ authorization to provide domestic and international service under an order issued Wednesday.

The US government is working to limit Chinese access to US markets and investment due to potential espionage and military development by Beijing.

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The FCC noted the “significant risks to national security and law enforcement” that Pacific Networks could monitor or disrupt U.S. communications. She said no measure could eliminate these risks while the company was operating in the United States.

President Joe Biden He extended the efforts begun at the time of his predecessor, donald trumpto restrict access to U.S. technology, investment, and markets for Chinese companies, fearing they pose security risks or contribute to military development.

In October, the FCC removed a unit of China Telecom Ltd., one of China’s three major state-owned carriers, from the US market for similar reasons.

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The FCC said in 2019 that it planned to revoke licenses granted two decades ago to China Telecom and another state operator, China Unicom Ltd.

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The FCC also cited unspecified “behaviour and representations” by Pacific Regulator Networks and Congress that “demonstrate unreliability and reliability.”

Pacific Networks owns an American company, ComNet (USA) LLC, which provides international services, global calling cards and SIM cards, as well as network management, business telephone systems and website services, according to a 2020 US Senate report.

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The Senate Standing Subcommittee on Investigations report said the companies were ultimately owned by Chinese firm-affiliated holding company CITIC Group, which “may be able to access U.S. customer records.”

The report said the companies are required under Chinese law to “support the Chinese government’s intelligence work.”