The Biden administration has banned the approval of new telecommunications equipment by Chinese companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE because they pose “unacceptable risk” to US national security.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it had adopted the final rules, which also prohibit the sale or import of equipment made by Chinese surveillance equipment maker Dahua Technology, video surveillance company Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and telecommunications company Hytera Communications.

The move represents Washington’s latest crackdown on Chinese tech giants amid fears Beijing could use Chinese tech companies to spy on Americans.

“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications,” FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement.

Huawei declined to comment. ZTE, Dahua, Hikvision and Hytera did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Rosenworcel circulated the proposed measure, which effectively bars companies from selling new equipment in the United States, to the other three commissioners for final approval last month.

The FCC said in June 2021 that it was considering banning all equipment authorizations for all companies on the covered list.

This follows the March 2021 designation of five Chinese companies on the so-called “covered list” as posing a national security threat under a 2019 law to protect US communications networks: Huawei, ZTE , Hytera Communications Corp Hikvision and Dahua.

The agency’s four commissioners, including two Republicans and two Democrats, backed Friday’s decision.

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