China blasts Biden administration over new restrictions on Huawei


China criticized the Biden administration on Friday over new restrictions on the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, arguing the move shows that the U.S. cannot be trusted.

The comments from the Foreign Ministry follow a report from Bloomberg saying the U.S. notified some Huawei suppliers that starting this week more items will be prohibited for use in 5G technology.

“It will severely disrupt the technological exchanges and trade exchanges of the two countries and the world at large, it will undermine the global industrial chains and supply chains,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Friday. “The U.S. should stop the suppression on Chinese companies immediately and treat Chinese companies in a fair, just and nondiscriminatory manner.”

China also said the reported move by the Biden administration shows the U.S. “isn’t a reliable country that is to be trusted.”

The ban targets exporting semiconductors, antennas and batteries that could be used in Huawei’s 5G devices, according to Bloomberg.

President Biden has called for rules to be placed on Chinese technology companies.

“U.S. and European companies are required to publicly disclose corporate governance structures, and abide by rules to deter corruption and monopolistic practices,” Biden said last month. “Chinese companies must be held to the same standards.”

The Trump administration had placed Huawei on what’s known as the “entity list”, effectively blacklisting the company over concerns it posed an espionage threat due to ties to the Chinese government. 

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