China Ministry of Commerce on Thursday expressed strong opposition to an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump that could effectively ban Chinese telecom-equipment makers like Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. from the American market.
On the same day, the Commerce Department announced it was adding Huawei to its “Entity List,” which will ban the company from acquiring products and technology from US companies without government approval.
“China is strongly opposed to any country taking unilateral sanctions against a Chinese firm according to their own domestic laws,” Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng said at a regular press briefing.
“We urge the US to stop its wrong practice, create conditions for normal trade cooperation for companies of the two countries, and avoid further impacts on China-US trade relations. China will take all necessary measures to protect Chinese firms’ interests and legal rights.”
Huawei said it is willing to engage with the US government and come up with effective measures to ensure the security of its products.
“Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the country more secure or stronger,” Huawei said in a statement. “Instead, this will only serve to limit the U.S. to inferior yet more expensive alternatives, leaving the US lagging behind in 5G deployment, and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”
China’s Foreign Ministry accused the US government of abusing its power to crack down on Chinese companies, saying such measures are “disgraceful and unjust”.