China will take steps to defend its companies following the U.S. telecoms ban.
China has reacted against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s ban of new Chinese telecommunications equipment sales. The commerce ministry stated on Thursday that it opposes the ban and pledged to take the necessary steps to protect the rights of domestic companies.
Friday’s ban by the Biden administration on import or sale of new telecommunications equipment made from China’s Huawei Technologies (000063.SZ) was based on national security concerns.
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Shu Jueting, spokesperson for China’s commerce ministry, stated that China will take the necessary steps to protect the legitimate rights of domestic companies. He was speaking at a regular press conference. Shu Jueting urged the United States not to politicize and weaponize economic and trade issues and to stop doing so.
Washington is taking a new crackdown against Chinese tech giants, fearing that Beijing might use them to spy on Americans.
Huawei and ZTE consistently denied U.S. government claims that they could spy on U.S. consumers and pose a threat to national security.
Washington added five Chinese companies to its so-called “covered listing” in March 2021. They were ZTE, Huawei, ZTE and telecoms company Hytera Communication Corp. Hikvision, surveillance equipment maker Dahua, and Hytera Communications Corp. In June, the commission stated that it was considering banning all authorisations of equipment for firms on the list.
China’s commerce minister Wang Wentao raised concerns about U.S. trade restrictions on China in a recent conversation with Katherine Tai, Shu stated last week.