F.C.C. revokes the ability of China Unicom to operate in the U.S.

The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that state-owned Chinese telecom operators will no longer be able to operate in the United States for national security reasons, as officials in Washington move to limit the influence of Chinese companies on American customers, businesses and communications networks.

The agency’s four commissioners unanimously voted to revoke the license for China Unicom’s American subsidiary, saying the company could access or modify American communications and join Spycraft. The commission also accused China Unicom, one of China’s largest mobile service providers, of misleading the agency and Congress.

China Unicom said in a statement that it “has a good track record of complying with relevant laws and regulations and providing telecommunications services and solutions as a trusted partner of its customers over the past two decades.” He said the FCC had not given him the “necessary due process” and would “actively protect the rights and interests of the company and its customers.”

The FCC’s decision comes amid continuing tensions between Washington and Beijing over China’s influence in global technology and telecommunications.

In recent years, legislators and regulators have focused on the potential risks posed by Chinese phone carriers, which serve a small number of customers in the United States. The FCC should review the capabilities of China Unicom and China Telecom in the United States, lawmakers, Democrats and current majority leaders, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer, said in a 2019 letter. The FCC told China Telecom in October that it would no longer be able to serve in the United States.

The New York Stock Exchange has delisted both companies with China Mobile, and President Biden also said last year that Americans would not be able to invest in any of the three companies.

The Trump administration also launched a lengthy campaign against Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, warning allies that they should not use the company’s equipment in their next-generation 5G wireless network and cut off access to key components for its smartphones.

In 2020, the White House tried unsuccessfully to force a Chinese Internet company, BitDance, to sell a ticktalk, a viral video app, to an American owner, citing national security reasons. Mr. Trump initially forced a deal that would see most of the applications sold to enterprise software company Oracle. The sale was never decided.

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