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‘Hypocritical, immoral, unfair bullying’: Chinese spokesman Geng Shuang blasts US for ‘fabricating’

  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang accused the US of faking security concerns about Chinese mobile tehnology to inhibit China’s development

  • British intelligence agencies meanwhile believe it is possible to limit security risks posed by Chinese equipment in 5G networks

Associated Press

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Feb, 2019 8:33am

China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out new internet systems.

And in a potential blow to the US’s effort to rally its allies on the issue, British media reported that the country’s intelligence agencies have found it is possible to limit the security risks of using Chinese equipment in so-called 5G networks.

The US argues that Beijing might use Chinese tech companies to gather intelligence about foreign countries. The Trump administration has been putting pressure on allies to shun networks supplied by Huawei Technologies, threatening the company’s access to markets for next-generation wireless gear.

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The company, the biggest global maker of switching gear for phone and internet companies, denies accusations that it facilitates Chinese spying and said it would reject any government demands to disclose confidential information about foreign customers.

The US government is trying to “fabricate an excuse for suppressing the legitimate development” of Chinese enterprises, said the spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, Geng Shuang. He accused the US of using “political means” to interfere in economic activity, “which is hypocritical, immoral and unfair bullying”.

US Vice-President Mike Pence, speaking last weekend in Germany, urged European allies to take seriously “the threat” he said was posed by Huawei as they look for partners to build the new 5G mobile networks.

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