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US authorities have barred China Unicom from entering the country's telecom market


According to the Federal Communications Commission, China Unicom (CHU), a state-owned Chinese telecommunications company, will no longer be allowed to provide telecom services in the United States.


In making the decision, telecom regulators have taken the latest step toward protecting US networks from Chinese espionage, a threat that national security officials first raised several years ago as a result of the proliferation of low-cost Chinese networking equipment in small and rural wireless networks.


Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement that "today we take another critical step toward safeguarding our communications networks against foreign national security threats."


According to her, "there is mounting evidence — as well as accompanying concern — that Chinese state-owned carriers pose a significant threat to the security of our telecommunications networks."


According to a tweet from the Federal Communications Commission, the action "protects the nation's telecommunications infrastructure from potential security threats.


CNN Business received a written response from China Unicom, which stated that it had complied with "relevant US laws and regulations" for more than two decades and that the FCC acted "without any justifiable basis and without providing required due process."


"China Unicom will take proactive measures to protect the rights and interests of the company as well as its customers," the company said in a statement.


Aside from that, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened similar proceedings against two other Chinese companies, Pacific Networks Corp. and ComNet (USA) LLC.


Following a directive from Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a program to "rip and replace" networking equipment that experts believe could allow foreign telecom firms — or directly Chinese officials — to monitor sensitive US communication data. Additionally, in response to those bipartisan concerns, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sanctioned companies such as Huawei and ZTE.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned China Telecom from operating in the United States in October, citing national security concerns. China Mobile's application to provide telecommunications services in the United States in 2019 was denied by the Commission.


State-owned companies such as China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom control the vast majority of the country's telecommunications market.

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