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China criticizes U.S. opposition to Chinese 5G-telecom tech

A foreign ministry spokesman accused U.S. leaders of “abusing the concept of national security'' to block commercial activity by Chinese companies


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BEIJING – China has criticized Washington’s opposition to Chinese-made next-generation telecoms technology after Vice-President Mike Pence called on Iceland and other governments to find alternatives.

A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, accused American leaders Friday of “abusing the concept of national security” to block commercial activity by Chinese companies.

China’s Huawei Technologies Ltd. is a leader in next-generation, or 5G, technology. But Washington says Huawei is a security risk, an accusation the company denies.

Pence said during a meeting this week with Iceland’s prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, that Washington wants to “work with Iceland and other freedom-loving nations to find alternatives to essentially China’s state-based 5G operation.”

 

 


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