Concerned about cyber security and possible spying, U.S. officials are considering denying China Mobile’s license for providing international information service in the United States.
Officials from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Justice Department’s national security division are concerned that the license would allow China Mobile to build physical infrastructure in the American territory, as well as to monitor and route Internet traffic. This would pose a potential threat to government information and the intellectual properties of American companies, according to an unidentified source.
“The U.S. Internet and telecommunication market has always been tough on Chinese companies, and the government’s only explanation is security,” said Yang Haifeng, Chief Editor of Communication World Weekly. “As Chinese companies expand business overseas, some American counterparts are struggling. Blocking the Chinese companies is not only protectionism, but also a political move.”