China denounces US for clampdown on employees of Huawei, other Chinese firms
Iran Press TV
Thursday, 16 July 2020 6:31 PM
China has lambasted as "dirty play" the US clampdown on Chinese telecom giant Huawei, a day after Washington announced fresh sanctions on the company and other firms of the Asian country.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday retorted at a regular press conference that "what the US does has nothing to do with the word 'clean'… What it does is... dirty play."
Her comments came just a day after the White House announced visa restrictions for Huawei employees and those working for other Chinese firms if they were involved in alleged human rights abuses.
China and the US are at odds over a growing number of issues, including the origin of the new coronavirus and Beijing's policies in Hong Kong.
The administration of American President Donald Trump is accusing Huawei of spying for the Chines government through its 5G network equipment. Both the company and Beijing have rejected the allegation.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson followed Trump's lead and announced on Wednesday the UK government's decision to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G network from the end of 2027.
Shortly afterward, the American president claimed he had been responsible for that decision.
When asked about the UK's decision to ban Huawei, Hua said, "All this shows that the British government has indeed lost its precious independence and autonomy on the issue of Huawei."
She touched on the basis of US restriction against Huawei and other Chinese firms, saying "racial discrimination is everywhere in America", in an apparent reference to the brutal killing of an unarmed black man by the American police on May 25 that triggered massive anti-racial protests across the US.
"If Mr. Pompeo is sincere, we can refrain from imposing visa restrictions on him," she added.
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