U.S. communications labs are rejecting a Chinese telecom company’s application to provide service in the U.S. because of national-security dangers amid an escalation in tensions between the 2 nations.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, 5-0 across party lines, to deny China Mobile International USA Inc.’s long-ago filed program. Last 9, the Commerce Department had recommended that denial.
The company, and the FCC says is ultimately owned by the Chinese authorities, employed in 2011 to present global phone service in the U.S.
The Trump government was pushing China in several ways. It’s been pressuring allies to deny telecom equipment because of their own networks, citing safety risks from telecom giant Huawei.
Even the U.S. and China will also be in the middle of high-stakes trade discussions.