Biden Tightens Restrictions on Huawei, ZTE
US President Joe Biden signs a legislation - the Secure Equipment Act - which blocks authorization of equipment licenses of Huawei and ZTE.
Just days before China's leader Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden are set to hold a virtual meeting, the latter signs a new legislation that imposes further restrictions on Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp.
The new legislation, dubbed the Secure Equipment Act, bans companies that are regarded as "security threats" from obtaining equipment licenses from US regulators. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the new law, is required to no longer review nor accept any authorization application for equipment that "poses a threat to national security" - namely by Huawei and ZTE.
Brendan Carr, an FCC Commissioner, said that the law "will help to ensure that insecure gear from companies like Huawei and ZTE can no longer be inserted into America’s communications networks."
The Act was passed and accepted by the US Senate on October 28 and by the US House in early November on a 420-4 vote.
Since 2018, some 3,000 authorizations have been passed for Huawei by the FCC.
The ban on tech giant Huawei comes after the announcement of a joint initiative between China and the United States, to deliver enhanced climate action.