The U.S. Commerce Department added eight Chinese companies to its Entity List, citing human rights abuses and surveillance against Muslim minorities.
The dilemma presents the latest — and perhaps fiercest — technological showdown between Washington and Beijing to date.
When the House and Senate sit down next week to iron out differences in an annual must-pass defense bill, the fate of Chinese telecom ZTE may be a key wedge issue.
“Ripping out and replacing” a raft of Chinese-made telecom gear won’t be easy, a group of American companies protested to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). A collective of trade groups representing smaller American service providers joined with prominent Chinese telecom Huawei in slamming the FCC’s proposal to ban American telecoms from using federal subsidies to purchase Chinese-made equipment.
On Monday, the Trump administration moved to block a large Chinese telecommunications company from entering the U.S. market, recommending that its application be rejected on national security grounds.
The briefings are similar to the way the government handed information regarding Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.