China fires back at Pompeo, denies Huawei links

Huawei

In direct response to the salvo thrown directly to the Chinese government by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, that Huawei works closely with its government, China has replied.

The US had late last week placed a ban on Huawei from doing with the US and its corporate entities.

Pompeo told CNBC yesterday that more American companies would ban Huawei in the coming weeks.

He said in the interview that Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s CEO and founder is lying that his company is not working closely with the Chinese government,

In the latest response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang was quoted by Reuters that:

“Recently, some U.S. politicians have continually fabricated rumors about Huawei but have never produced the clear evidence that countries have requested,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, when asked about Pompeo’s remarks.

The United States has been rallying its allies to persuade them not to use Huawei for their 5G networks, citing security concerns.

Lu said the U.S. government was provoking suspicion in the U.S. public to confuse and instigate opposition.

“Domestically in the United States there are more and more doubts about the trade war the U.S. side has provoked with China, the market turmoil cause by the technology war and blocked industrial cooperation,” he added.

U.S. politicians continue to “fabricate lies to try to mislead the American people, and now they are trying to incite ideological opposition”.

U.S. President Donald Trump also said on Thursday that U.S. complaints against Huawei might be resolved within the framework of a U.S.-China trade deal, while at the same time calling the Chinese telecommunications giant “very dangerous”.

Lu said he didn’t know what Trump was talking about.

“Frankly, I’m actually not sure what the specific meaning of the U.S. leader, the U.S. side, saying this is,” he said, adding that if reporters were interested they should ask the United States to clarify.

Lu reiterated that the United States should stop using its national power to suppress and smear other countries’ companies, adding that China wanted to resolve differences between the two countries through friendly dialogue and consultation.

Huawei is the world’s largest telecoms company handling over 50% of the total equipment and software business of the market’s supply chain.

The latest ban by the US which has seen some easing for specific business relationship will also threaten Huawei’s business given its presence in the smartphone business, a category where it recently became the world’s second largest smartphone maker.