China: British Tech Ban Discrimination 11/25 06:30
BEIJING (AP) -- China accused Britain on Wednesday of improperly attacking
Chinese tech companies after the British government proposed a law to block
market access to telecom equipment giant Huawei and other vendors that are
The foreign ministry gave no indication whether Beijing might retaliate if
the law proposed Tuesday is approved. It would tighten security requirements
for next-generation wireless and optical fiber networks and fine violators.
The Trump administration is lobbying European and other allies to avoid
Huawei and other Chinese vendors as they upgrade telecom networks. Washington
says Huawei, China's first global tech brand, is a security risk, which the
"Without any evidence, the British side has repeatedly cooperated with the
United States to discriminate against and suppress Chinese companies under the
pretext of unfounded risks," said a ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian.
Britain is "blatantly violating the principles of market economy and free
trade, seriously damaging the normal operations of Chinese companies" and
hurting trust between the two governments, Zhao said.
Huawei is at the center of U.S.-Chinese tension over technology and security.
The Trump administration is trying to limit U.S. market access to Chinese
companies it says might collect too much information about users or pose other
risks. They include video app TikTok, video surveillance provider HikVision and
messaging service WeChat.
The law proposed Tuesday would formalize British Prime Minister Boris
Johnson's July order that blocks Huawei from a planned fifth-generation, or 5G,
network. Britain earlier gave Huawei a limited role but reversed that under