Trump administration seeks ban on China Telecom in US citing ‘unacceptable’ national security risks

CNBC | April 10, 2020

Trump administration seeks ban on China Telecom in US citing ‘unacceptable’ national security risks
A number of U.S. executive agencies have asked the Federal Communications Commission terminate China Telecom’s authorization to operate, citing “unacceptable” national security risks, as the Trump administration’s campaign against the Chinese telecommunications industry continues. State-owned China Telecom is one of the country’s largest mobile networks and broadband providers. The Department of Justice along with other federal agencies including the State Department, want the FCC to revoke China Telecom’s license to carry out international telecommunications services to and from the U.S.

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