China is comfortable to play dirty when it comes to geopolitics, trade or Intellectual Property, too comfortable. Finally US gives China a taste of their own medicine. FCC chairman Ajit Pai has just proposed to prohibit use of @FCC Universal Service Funds to purchase equipment or services from companies (read Huawei and ZTE between the lines) that pose national security risk to US communications networks or communications supply chain.
“I see China’s hands all over this. We’re in a fight with China,” Graham (R-S.C.), a Senate Armed Services Committee member, told Fox News Sunday, speaking about the U.S.-North Korea spat after the latest round of denuclearization talks. “If I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute. We’ve got more bullets than they do when it comes to trade.”
“Threats to national security posed by certain communications equipment providers are a matter of bipartisan concern. Hidden ‘back doors’ to our networks in routers, switches — and virtually any other type of telecommunications equipment — can provide an avenue for hostile governments to inject viruses, launch denial-of-service attacks, steal data, and more. Although the FCC alone can’t safeguard the integrity of our communications supply chain, we must and will play our part in a government- and industry-wide effort to protect the security of our networks.
That’s why I’m proposing to prohibit the FCC’s $8.5 billion Universal Service Fund from being used to purchase equipment or services from any company that poses a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or their supply chains. The money in the Universal Service Fund comes from fees paid by the American people, and I believe that the FCC has the responsibility to ensure that this money is not spent on equipment or services that pose a threat to national security. On April 17, I hope that my fellow Commissioners will join me in supporting this important proposal to help protect our national security.”, FCC chairman Ajit Pai
For decades US lacked an assertive foreign policy vigorously protecting national interests, not anymore.