The US telecommunications regulator (FCC) on Friday listed Huawei among companies considered a threat to national security. This decision dampened hopes of a relaxation of relations with the coming to power of Joe Biden. The FCC believes that Huawei poses “an unacceptable risk” to national security, as do other Chinese telecommunications equipment groups ZTE, 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,” commented the Interim President of the FCC. “This list sets the direction so that, as the next 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.
Consistency with the Trump administration
This decision is in line with those taken by the previous government. It showered the hopes of Huawei founder and boss Ren Zhengfei, who in February called on the Biden government for “a policy of openness”. The telecommunications 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 company had already been placed on a blacklist in 2019 by the United States, which had prohibited American companies from selling them “made in the USA” technologies, such as semiconductors and other components essential to its products, citing national security concerns.