The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Wednesday it had begun efforts to revoke authorization for China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet to provide US telecommunications services.
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks noted many Chinese telecom carriers "also own data centers operating within the United states." He said the FCC currently lacks authority to "address this potential national security threat."
The carriers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Beijing has repeatedly expressed opposition to Washington's threat to cut off China telecom firms from serving the US market. Zhao Lijian, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said last year that China had demanded the US government to abide by market rules, stop stretching the concept of national security and cease politicizing economic issues.