Trump Moves To Block China Mobile From U.S Market

Headquarter of China Mobile in Beijing financial street

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, on Tuesday said the risks are too great to come to an agreement with the Chinese company.

After significant engagement with China Mobile, concerns about increased risks to US law enforcement and national security interests were unable to be resolved.

Trade frictions between the United States and China may have escalated on Monday after a U.S. government agency identified China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator by subscribers, as a national security threat.

America's ban on ZTE is affecting its business as far away as Europe, if Bloomberg's sources are right.

The state-owned firm China Mobile Communications Corp. owns nearly 73 percent of China Mobile as of December, according to Thomson Reuters data.

State-owned China Mobile applied to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a licence to do so in 2011.

The news comes in the middle of growing tensions between the United States and China, following a supplier ban placed on its global telecoms vendor ZTE in April.

For some perspective, China Mobile is the largest carrier in the world, with nearly 900 million subscribers.

Illegal immigrant arrested for 78-square-mile Colorado fire
Quickly changing his story, he then said he didn't know how the fire started, according to arrest papers obtained Monday. No historic sites or cultural landmarks are now threatened by the fire .

Germany's migrants: Seehofer 'offers to resign' over migrants
But he and Merkel were spotted Saturday discussing the outcome with tense faces on the balcony of her Berlin office. Party leader Andrea Nahles said that "the CSU is on a unsafe ego trip that is paralyzing Germany and Europe".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic welcomes LeBron James to Los Angeles
The Cavs played 81 postseason games - one contest shy of an entire regular season - the last four years, winning 55 of them. The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers .

Giving China Mobile access to the United States telecommunications market could lead to a spike in Chinese spying, it said. The company wasn't seeking to offer mobile services directly to U.S. customers, according to the USA filing.

Also, Ramakrishna Maruveda, an analyst for Daiwa Securities pointed out that the firm draws most of its income out of the domestic market, which is why the impact will not be overwhelming.

In return, the U.S. said it would remove the ban - a negotiation that has been linked to wider trade tensions between the USA and China.

The Trump administration in March blocked chipmaker Broadcom's $117 billion bid for rival Qualcomm. That leaves the United States, with its 327 million users, as one of the most promising targets.

Chinese smartphone and telecommunications company ZTE has been in crisis since April when the US Commerce Department banned American companies from selling it vital components. At the time the DOC said that the company had supplying Iran and North Korea with equipment that illegally included USA components.

While the move may be a setback for China Mobil, it will not have almost the effect that a ban of sales of equipment made by US companies to China's ZTE has had. But ZTE still faces an uncertain future, and some members of Congress are seeking to keep the ban in place.

It had planned something similar for the USA but this week (though not a direct to consumer offering apparently, but aimed at the enterprise sector) but its application was blocked following a recommendation from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

A statement from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency of the Commerce Department, attributed the recommendation to national security concerns.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ICE protesters arrested at Statue of Liberty
Jul 05, 2018 - 14:45
Liberty Island has been evacuated while they attempt to get her down, according to Jerry Willis with the National Park Service . There was confusion over whether she was part of a group who protested at the site against U.S. immigration policy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Is Fighting Trump's Tariffs with Facts
Jul 05, 2018 - 14:40
Investors walk in front of trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. President Donald Trump that tariffs on imports of vehicles and automative parts would hurt not help the industry.

Iran announces plan to circumvent U.S. oil sanctions
Jul 04, 2018 - 06:32
The price for Brent crude oil , the global benchmark for the price of oil, was up 1.32 percent as of 9:15 a.m. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Malaysia Corruption Scandal: Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested
Jul 04, 2018 - 06:30
SRC International was a subsidiary of 1MDB, and was placed under the jurisdiction of the Finance Ministry in 2012. Mr Mahathir pledged to re-open the investigation and Mr Najib was banned from leaving Malaysia.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Steve Kerr OKs lucrative contract extension with Warriors
Jul 04, 2018 - 03:11
A person familiar with the terms says Gay has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal to be back in silver and black next season. Kerr, 52, just finished the fourth year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed when he joined the Warriors in 2014.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kirk Cousins had amusing reaction to DeMarcus Cousins signing with Warriors
Jul 04, 2018 - 02:58
If he returns and excels and helps the Warriors win a championship, he'll return to the free agent market in line for a big deal. According to Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy, one player didn't even believe him when he broke the news.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kremlin doubts veracity of CNN report on Trump’s plans for Syria
Jul 04, 2018 - 02:34
Moscow and Washington confirmed the location and date of the summit simultaneously on Thursday. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said he welcomed the planned dialogue.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Israel in dilemma over thousands of Syrians fleeing fighting toward its borders
Jul 02, 2018 - 16:36
The entire southwest is part of a "de-escalation zone" agreed past year by Russian Federation , the United States and Jordan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Croatian president sees Russian Federation as worthy opponent in 2018 FIFA World Cup
Jul 02, 2018 - 15:30
He also ensured the game needed 30 extra minutes with back-to-back diving saves in the 85th to deny substitutes Iniesta and Aspas. Five minutes after that, Spain's players were baying for VAR after more grappling in the box.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Calm Verstappen wins Austrian GP on bleak day for Mercedes
Jul 02, 2018 - 14:32
On lap 53, he pitted again for super-softs, dropping a place to fifth behind Ricciardo, who nearly immediately slowed and stopped. Stoffel Vandoorne was quickest of the drivers eliminated in Q1 thanks to Stroll's last-minute lap relegating him to 16th place.

Infamous French Criminal Escapes Prison In A Helicopter
Jul 02, 2018 - 10:38
He was captured on May 29, 2013 when authorities found him hiding out at a hotel in Pontault-Combault, east of Paris . He was arrested in 1998 after three years on the run in Switzerland and Israel, according to the French media.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung Galaxy J8 now available for sale in India
Jul 01, 2018 - 19:01
We're also expecting a slightly bigger curved display, dual rear cameras , stereo sound, and substantially better battery life. Naturally, as ever, it's going to be livestreamed and we'll have all the information as soon as Samsung lets us have it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump attacks ‘abolish ICE’ movement on the morning of massive nationwide protest
Jul 01, 2018 - 17:41
Democratic leaders have also refrained from calling for the outright elimination of ICE, instead focusing on reforming the agency. Those are the ICE agents who investigate, detain and deport immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Indian police investigate after 11 bodies found in New Delhi home
Jul 01, 2018 - 17:30
The police control room says they are investigating whether they were members of a family who died by suicide or were killed. Indian police launched an investigation Sunday after a family of 11 was found dead inside their home in New Delhi .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Remember, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also wrote her own winning ad
Jul 01, 2018 - 17:15
Ocasio-Cortez's victory could be a sign of a generational divide among Democrats as younger voters push the party to the Left. They may have been foreshadowing an escalation of insider pushback before the full DNC decides on rules in late August.