China: 'All necessary measures' will be used to defend Chinese companies from US

China: 'All necessary measures' will be used to defend Chinese companies from US
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China's foreign ministry on Friday vowed to expend all legal efforts to defend its citizens and companies from "political suppression" as a major Chinese tech company faces legal battles in the U.S.

The Associated Press reports that Foreign Minister Wang Yi called legal action against tech giant Huawei and its top executive "deliberate political suppression" at a news conference, as the tech firm faces criminal charges in the U.S.

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“Recent actions against specific Chinese enterprises and individuals are not simply judicial cases, but deliberate political suppression,” he said.

“We also support companies and individuals using legal weapons to protect their rights and interests and not to be silent lambs," Wang continued, according to the AP.

The U.S. is currently seeking the extradition of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested earlier this year in Vancouver, Canada, at the Trump administration's request.

Meng and Huawei are both facing criminal charges from the Justice Department, including a 10-count indictment that accuses Huawei of conspiracy to steal trade secrets and wire fraud.

"Huawei and its senior executives repeatedly refused to respect the laws of the United States and standard international business practices,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a press conference.

“Huawei also intentionally and systematically sought to steal valuable intellectual property from an American company, so it could circumvent hard-earned, time-consuming research and gain an unfair market advantage,” Wray continued in announcing the charges last month, attacking the company's “dishonest business practices.”

The company has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The tense situation over Huawei comes as U.S. and Chinese negotiators are working to finalize a trade agreement that would address longstanding issues such as alleged Chinese theft of U.S. technology and the U.S. trade deficit with the nation.