US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Sunday that Brazil, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic are now members of The Clean Network, an initiative of the Trump administration to purge Chinese tech companies from the 5G network. America’s top diplomat tweeted that “53 clean countries, 180 clean telcos, and dozens of leading companies” have joined the tide towards a reliable 5G network.
Pompeo unveiled the Clean Network initiative in April, calling on countries and corporations to join in an effort to protect privacy and try to get the most sensitive information by “deadly actors”, clearly the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) nomenclature.
In August, the Secretary of State announced the expansion of the Clean Network program which included Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud and Clean Cable. The Trump administration has called some of the largest telecommunications companies worldwide “clean telcos”, including Jio in India and O2 in the United Kingdom.
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Here is everything you need to know about the American initiative:
Clean carrier: The State Department said that Chinese carriers pose a threat to US national security. It states that such companies should not provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.
Clean store: This program aims to remove unpublished applications from US mobile app stores. The department accused Chinese apps of threatening privacy, spreading viruses, censoring content and spreading propaganda and disinformation.
Clean apps: The Trump administration called China an arm of the “surveillance state”, accusing major US and foreign companies of doing business on their innovations and reputations. The initiative aims to prevent untrusted Chinese smartphone manufacturers from making available pre-installed trusted apps or for download on their App Store.
Clear cloud: It aims to block the most sensitive personal information of US citizens and the most valuable intellectual property of businesses, including COVID-19 vaccine research, which is stored and processed on cloud-based systems accessible to foreign consultants. The department excluded Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, China Mobile, China Telecom and Tencent.
Clean cable: Pompeo said the administration is working to ensure that the CCP cannot compromise the information carried by underseat cables that connect the US and other countries with the global Internet. The State Department said it would work with foreign partners to ensure that underseaar cables around the world are not subject to a similar agreement.
Clean path: Pompeo announced that state departments would need a clean path to enter all 5G network traffic and exit US diplomatic facilities. The 5G Clean Path is an end-to-end communication path that does not use any transmission, control, computing, or storage equipment from untrusted IT vendors.
Later, the US gave a huge blow to Huawei Technologies Ltd., expanding the scope of the Foreign Direct Products Rule, which was intended to prevent Huawei from circumventing US law. The Commerce Department added 38 Huawei affiliates to its entity list to identify foreign parties banned from acquiring certain sensitive technologies.
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