The Trump administration on Thursday sought to “revoke and terminate” licenses that permit a Chinese company to provide telecommunication services to and from the United States.
The Department of Justice said in a release that it “identified substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks” associated with China Telecom, the U.S. subsidiary of China’s state-owned telecommunications company. It recommended the Federal Communications Commission revoke licenses allowing the company to operate in the United States.
China’s communications networks have received increased scrutiny under the Trump administration, which has been pressuring allies to cancel their partnerships with companies tied to the communist regime, including Huawei. The Trump administration said China uses the telecommunication corporations and other state-controlled entities to conduct spy operations aimed at infiltrating U.S. networks.