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Senators Move to Close ‘Security Loophole’ on Chinese State-Backed Firms

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Senators Move to Close ‘Security Loophole’ on Chinese State-Backed Firms

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A bipartisan bill aims to bar Chinese state-linked firms from exploiting a “security loophole” to enter the U.S. market. The Secure Equipment Act of 2021 (pdf), introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), targets major Chinese telecom providers including Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, and Dahua Technology Company. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has flagged all five as a threat to national security. Under the act, the FCC, which oversees all interstate and foreign communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable, would cease reviewing or approving any product or services from the named companies. “The Chinese Communist Party subsidizes these companies and exploits loopholes in our laws to allow malicious actors to sell compromised equipment and services in the U.S.,” said Rubio in a statement. By “loopholes,” Rubio was referring to the regulations that the FCC adopted last year mandating U.S. …

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