The Federal Communications Commission (or FCC, for Federal Communications Commission) on Friday, March 12, classified Huawei among Chinese telecommunications equipment companies considered a threat to national security. FCC believes Huawei poses “An unacceptable risk” for national security, as well as ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology.
“Americans rely more than ever on our networks to work, go to school or access health care, and we must have confidence in safe and secure communications.”Jessica Rosenworcel, interim president of the FCC since Joe Biden took office in January, commented in the statement.
“This list sets the direction so that, as the new generation of networks are built across the country, they do not repeat the mistakes of the past and do not use equipment or services that will pose a threat to the national security of states. -United or the safety and security of Americans ”, she added.
Threat of extradition to the United States
This decision, which is in line with those taken by the Trump administration, shower the hopes of Huawei founder and boss Ren Zhengfei, who in February called on the Biden administration to “A policy of openness”. He had also wanted to be reassuring on the “Survival” of the group despite US sanctions.
The telecoms juggernaut has been at the center of the Sino-American rivalry for several years, against the backdrop of a trade and technological war between the two leading world powers. Huawei had found itself in the crosshairs of the former Trump administration, which accused it, without providing any evidence, of potential espionage for the benefit of Beijing.
The Chinese company had already been blacklisted in 2019 by the United States, which had prohibited American companies from selling them technologies “Made in USA”, such as semiconductors and other components essential to its products, citing national security concerns.
Ren Zhengfei’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is also a Huawei executive, has been on probation in Canada since her arrest in Vancouver at the end of 2018 at the behest of the United States, for having circumvented US sanctions against it. ‘Iran. She is now threatened with extradition to the United States for bank fraud.