China would undertake the required measure to protect the interests of its companies and businesses, said the country in retaliation to the decision of the United States to ban American telecom from using equipment and technology from the Chinese telecom company Huawei after the issuance of an executive order by US president Donald Trump.
The executive order has also escalated the bitter trade war that is ongoing between the two countries with the US raising tariffs from to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports into the country and China increasing tariffs on $60 billion of US imports. The executive order does not name Huawei but prevents US companies from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment because of a perceived threat to the country’s national security. This was followed up by an announcement by the US Department of Commerce that said that it would soon add Huawei into the ‘Entity list’ which identifies foreign companies that the US companies should not deal with.
Huawei is the largest telecom equipment manufacturer of the world.
China will take measures to defend the interests of Chinese companies, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing in Beijing while reacting to the move by the Trump administration.
“We have noted the US department of Commerce decision. China always asks its business to comply with laws and regulations in export control and fulfill their international obligations. We always ask them to abide by other country’s laws regulations in their overseas business,” Lu said.
“But we are against other countries’ unilateral sanctions based on domestic law and practices that abuses export control measures. We urge the US to stop such practice and create favorable conditions for business cooperation. China will take necessary measures to safeguard Chinese business’ legitimate rights and interests,” he said.
No details of the measures that Beijing would take were provided by him and said that the decisions would be taken by the Chinese Commerce ministry.
Answering a question about whether US companies would now be targeted by China, Lu said, “as for the foreign firms, so long their operations are lawful, they should not be concerned. In international trade, the basis is mutual respect and mutual benefit“.
In a separate statement, Huawei said that “unreasonable restrictions” by the US infringed on its rights. “Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives,” the telecom giant said. “In addition, unreasonable restrictions will infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues,” it said.
“We are opposed to other countries making every issue a national security and using that as pretext to suppress other businesses,” said Lu during the media briefing while answering a question about whether the move by Trump is viewed by China ot be an escalationof the trade war. “China will defend its business’ rights and interests. As for China’s view on the executive order (of Trump) we can say that nobody say this as constructive and friendly gesture,” he said.
(Adapted from TheHinduBusinessLine.com)