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China’s Huawei hits back after US blacklisting

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has lambasted as “unreasonable” US President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to ban telecommunications equipment from “foreign adversaries” that is perceived to pose a national security risk.

“If the US restricts Huawei, it will not make the US safer, nor will it make the US stronger. It will only force the US to use inferior and expensive alternative equipment, lagging behind other countries… and ultimately harming US companies and consumers,” said Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in a statement carried by the state-run Global Times, on Wednesday.

The statement came a few hours after Trump stepped up his battle against the world’s biggest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment on Wednesday, when he signed an executive order that effectively bars Huawei from the US market.

The order invokes the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which gives the American president the authority to regulate commerce in response to what is believed to be a national emergency that threatens the United States.

The order gives the Department of Commerce 150 days to draw up a plan for enforcement. The department said in a statement that it had added Huawei and 70 affiliates to its “Entity List,” preventing the firm from purchasing parts and components from American companies without US government approval.

Elsewhere in its statement, Huawei said that it was willing to “communicate with the US to ensure product security.” It also warned that the order infringed on Huawei’s rights and could lead to serious legal battles down the road.

On Thursday and in response to Trump’s controversial order, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang slammed the US actions against “specific Chinese companies” as “disgraceful and unjust.”

“We urge the US side to stop oppressing Chinese companies under the pretext of security concerns and provide a fair, just, and non-discriminatory environment for their normal investment and operation,” he added.

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