China accuses US of 'rumors' and 'lies' about Huawei government ties

China accuses US of 'rumors' and 'lies' about Huawei government ties
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China's foreign ministry lashed out at the U.S. on Friday, accusing U.S. officials of blacklisting Huawei technology and spreading claims about the company's connections to the Chinese government without presenting "clear evidence."

Reuters reported that Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang denounced Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: Countries should reject China's demands to repatriate Uighurs Trump says he will consider releasing transcript of Ukraine call White House officials, Giuliani come to Trump's defense on Ukraine allegations MORE's assertion made a day earlier that more U.S. companies would cease doing business with Huawei.


“Recently, some U.S. politicians have continually fabricated rumors about Huawei but have never produced the clear evidence that countries have requested,” Lu said, according to the news service.

“Domestically in the United States there are more and more doubts about the trade war the U.S. side has provoked with China, the market turmoil cause by the technology war and blocked industrial cooperation,” Lu reportedly added.

Lu also reacted to remarks from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE, who said this week that Huawei tech was "very dangerous," according to Reuters.

“Frankly, I’m actually not sure what the specific meaning of the U.S. leader, the U.S. side, saying this is,” Lu said when asked about Trump's remarks.

Lu's press conference came just days after the Trump administration announced that it would delay a planned blacklisting of Huawei's tech that would prevent any U.S. company from doing business with Huawei, a step up from previous decisions from the Trump administration to cease using the company's tech and efforts to urge other countries to do the same.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Senate Democrats accuse administration of burying climate change reports Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt MORE said this week that delaying the ban “grants operators time to make other arrangements and the Department space to determine the appropriate long-term measures for Americans and foreign telecommunications providers that currently rely on Huawei equipment for critical services.”

A spokesperson for Huawei said earlier this week that “restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives, leaving the US lagging behind in 5G deployment, and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”

“In addition, unreasonable restrictions will infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues,” the spokesperson added.