National security threats to US come from within: China Daily editorial

Chinese and American flags fly in front of an American company building in Beijing on January 21, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has passed new rules that will block both the import and sale of tech products from five Chinese companies, citing national security concerns.

The FCC said on Friday it has barred the approval of new equipment from telecommunications companies Huawei Technologies, ZTE and Hytera Communications, as well as surveillance equipment from Dahua Technology Co and Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology on the grounds that they “are deemed to present an unacceptable risk”. to national security”.

Although companies were previously prohibited from supplying US government systems and the private sector was strongly discouraged from using their equipment, the ban is not retroactive, so theoretically companies can continue previously authorized sales. in the USA.

However, the FCC has left the door open to the possibility of revoking previous authorizations.

Whatever decision the US communications watchdog ultimately makes about these deals will have little impact on these companies in the US market because they have been squeezed out. All five were already on a list of companies identified as a potential threat to US national security, so it’s no surprise the FCC is going the extra mile to keep them out of the US market.

What is of real concern is that the FCC says all five members voted “unanimously” to enact the unprecedented ban, illustrating a disturbing degree of success for fearmongers in Washington.

China’s Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the development, calling it another example of the US side baselessly abusing state power to suppress Chinese companies under the guise of “national security”. Stressing that the U.S. move violates market rules, she said it undermines the rules-based international economic and trade order that the U.S. administration claims to seek to uphold.

The US side clearly addresses market economy practices from a non-market perspective. “National security” is their ironclad fallback to any company that might blunt its technological lead. Although the alleged national security risks are unsubstantiated, once the “national security threat” tag has been pinned on a company, it is easy to navigate the current US decision-making process to obtain the desired action to reduce this company to its size .

Allowing such fear to continue to spread and escalate will further poison the already strained bilateral relations and plunge them into a vicious cycle of hysteria-driven mutual suspicion and antagonism, which is ultimately only in the interest of any of the parties.

Hikvision’s commentary on the ban underscores the irony inherent in such an approach, saying the decision “will do nothing to protect the national security of the United States, but will do much to make it more harmful and more costly for small businesses.” American businesses, local authorities, school districts and individual consumers to protect themselves, their homes, their businesses and their property”.

The risk for the United States comes from within, not from China.

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