China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi said U.S concerns against Huawei, the telecom equipment maker were “groundless and abnormal”. Wang Yi told Washington to stop trying to bring down the company, according to a Reuters report.
“What we oppose s accusations for political purposes and attempts to bring down a foreign company,” Wang. “We think such practices are abnormal, immoral and have no support,” he added. He did not refer to Huawei directly.
Wang Yi was speaking at a news conference at Brussels after a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. According to the report Wang Yi was at Brussels to ease the “European frustration over trade”.
Troubles began for Huawei when U.S Intelligence authorities alleged that Huawei has connections with the Chinese government. They also claim that the company’s equipment could be used as snooping devices. Several countries including New Zealand, Australia and the UK have taken various preventive measures such as banning govt companies from buying equipment from the Chinese tech firm.
U.S has banned federal agencies from using Huawei equipment citing spying fears. Huawei has launched a lawsuit against the U.S government claiming that banning the U.S. government agencies from buying equipment from the company is unconstitutional. Wang Yi said the tech firm has the right to refuse to be victimized like silent lambs” and said the government will back the company in the lawsuit.
“China has and will continue to take all necessary measures to resolutely protect the legitimate and lawful interests of Chinese businesses and citizens,” said Wang at the time. “At the same time, we support the company and individual in question in seeking legal redress to protect their own interests and refusing to be victimized like silent lambs,” he added.
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