Beijing on Tuesday criticized the new US sanctions against telecommunications giant Huawei, accusing Washington of “abusing state power” to prevent the rise of Chinese companies.
The US Department of Commerce’s statement on Monday prohibits another 38 Huawei branches from purchasing US computer chips and other technologies.
Tensions between the two countries are already high. Washington claims that Chinese companies are accustomed to spying on Beijing, and the Chinese government and these companies deny this accusation.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday that there is no evidence that Huawei products have security vulnerabilities or backdoors.
He added that the sanctions “completely pierce the market principles and the last pretense of fair competition that the United States has always touted.”
He said at a regular press conference that Washington has been “abusing state power to impose various restrictions on Huawei and other Chinese companies.”
US officials believe that because Huawei has ties with the Beijing government, it poses a security risk, but the company denies this statement.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stated that Huawei and its affiliates “have used third-party cooperation to use American technology in ways that undermine the interests of US national security and foreign policy”.
The Trump administration has banned Huawei from using 5G wireless networks in the United States and has urged allies to do the same.
In the past quarter, Huawei became the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, mainly due to sales in the Chinese market, although Washington began to deny the company access to many Google Android systems.
On Tuesday, Zhao urged the United States to “correct its mistakes,” saying that China would “continue to take necessary measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.”
US President Donald Trump also tried to ban the popular mobile app TikTok if it was not divested by its Chinese parent company ByteDance, and ordered a ban on the Chinese messaging app WeChat owned by the tech giant Tencent.