Published On: Sun, Jun 20th, 2021

Democrats Drag Feet on China Tech Restrictions

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Commentary The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 17 proposed additional restrictions on China’s and Russia’s telecommunications equipment. The FCC voted to explore a ban on all future U.S. company purchases of telecom equipment from corporations that pose a national security risk, including five Chinese companies that the FCC specifically labeled as such: Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua. This sounds great on the surface, but scratch a bit and one realizes that to really protect American tech requires much tougher and quicker action. Despite the headlines, the Democrats are going soft on China tech. They have control of the presidency, Senate, and House, so could relatively easily legislate much tougher laws against China in the technology space. But instead of deepening and broadening legislation that bans Huawei immediately, for example, the FCC is voting for more discussion. Talk not action. The New York Times and other establishment media cover …

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