US President Joe Biden has signed a law that prevents companies deemed a security threat from receiving new licenses for telecommunications equipment.
The Secure Equipment Act states that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should no longer review claims from companies deemed a threat.
It means that equipment from Huawei, ZTE and three other Chinese companies cannot be used in US telecommunications networks.
Democratic and Republican senators approved the bill.
It was voted unanimously by the Senate on October 28, after passing the House of Representatives with 420 votes in favor and only four against.
In March, the FCC said it had identified five Chinese companies that posed a national security threat under a 2019 law designed to protect U.S. communications networks.
He called Huawei and ZTE, as well as Hytera Communications Corp, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.
However, the FCC was not required to reject applications from companies for use in US networks.
FCC commissioner Brendan Carr said the regulator has approved more than 3,000 applications from Huawei since 2018.
He said the Secure Equipment Act “would help ensure that unsecured equipment from companies like Huawei and ZTE can no longer be plugged into American communications networks.”
China has been critical of the repression.
“The United States, without any evidence, is still abusing national security and state power to suppress Chinese companies,” Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said in June.
The FCC has also proposed new rules that would allow for the revocation of licenses already granted.
Last month, the FCC voted to withdraw permission for China Telecom’s US subsidiary to operate in the United States, citing national security concerns.
President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting next week.
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