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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission moved toward barring China Unicom (Hong Kong) and ComNet from the U.S., calling the Chinese telecommunications carriers a security risk controlled by the Beijing government. From a report: The action against two of China's three major telecommunications operators was decided by a 4-0 vote by agency. It continues a security crackdown that earlier touched Chinese gear makers Huawei Technologies and ZTE. In 2019, the FCC barred China Mobile Ltd. from the U.S. market over national security concerns. ComNet, a subsidiary of Pacific Networks, and the unit formally known as China Unicom (Americas) Operations Ltd. were told in April by the FCC to show they are independent from the Chinese government, or face a proceeding that could result in ejection from the U.S. market. With its vote Wednesday the FCC began those proceedings. China Unicom and Pacific Networks are indirectly and ultimately owned and controlled by the government of the People's Republic of China, the FCC said in news releases Wednesday. The companies may present evidence in proceedings set in motion, according to the news releases.

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