US bans devices posing national security risk

US President Joe Biden has signed into law legislation aimed at banning the sale of telecommunication devices that pose a national security risk. The legislation will target devices made by Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and ZTE.

Biden signed the Secure Equipment Act of 2021 into law on Thursday.

Under the law, the Federal Communications Commission will no longer review or approve any authorization applications for networking equipment that poses a national security risk.

The FCC has already designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats, noting that the companies are linked to China's Communist Party and military.

On Tuesday, Biden announced the extension of an executive order that bans US investments in more than 50 Chinese companies, including Huawei.

The series of moves come ahead of a virtual summit between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping that is expected to take place soon.