The Chinese foreign ministry has warned the United States that it must end the “unreasonable crackdown” on Chinese companies like Huawei, while government officials will prepare a list ready to fight back against Washington. This comes after the Donald Trump administration decided to block the global supply of its technologies’ blacklisted company Huawei Technologies, raising fears of Chinese reprisals and hammering the shares of American producers of chip manufacturing equipment .
Meanwhile, the Chinese newspaper Global Times quoted a source close to the Chinese government as saying on Saturday that Beijing was ready to take a series of countermeasures against the United States.
This includes placing US companies on an “unreliable entity list” and placing restrictions on US companies such as Apple Inc, Cisco Systems Inc and Qualcomm Inc.
China has warned it will take action against the United States
The United States and China are locked in a war of words
The newspaper, published by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party in China, said the source also mentioned the halt to the purchase of Boeing Co. aircraft.
Source Says The Global Times: “China Will Take Strong Countermeasures To Protect Its Own Legitimate Rights” If US Goes Forward With Plan To Change Rules And Prevent Essential Chip Suppliers , including Taiwan-based TSMC, to sell chips to Huawei.
Tensions between the two largest economies in the world have increased in recent weeks, officials on both sides suggest that a hard-won deal that defused a bitter 18-month trade war could be abandoned months after it was signed in January.
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The US boycotted Huawei
In addition to Huawei’s decision, the United States Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees billions of dollars in federal pensions, this week also said it would delay plans to invest in certain Chinese companies indefinitely. under control in Washington.
The United States has advised countries to boycott Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, by creating new 5G mobile phone networks, fearing that the equipment may be used by China to spy on communications.
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China has sent a warning to the United States
It comes after the United States put China on alert, with a Trump ally responding in Beijing over discoveries that state-supported hackers are attempting to sabotage US vaccine research coronaviruses.
The United States retaliated against China, the acting secretary of internal security, Chad Wolf, condemning Chinese attempts to sabotage American research on vaccines.
Earlier this week, the FBI confirmed that Iranian and Chinese hackers were discovered stealing information about research on the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
United States against Chinese military powers
The US official’s warning comes today amid growing stalemate between Beijing and Washington over the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
US officials are investigating whether the virus came from a wet market or escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan where intelligence sources suggest it is being studied.
This had an impact on US-China trade negotiations and heightened military fears as the United States intensified pressure on China in the South China Sea.
Speaking to Fox News, Wolf said the sabotage efforts of Chinese spy agencies were “so that they could be at the forefront of this research.”
He said, “What our Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, with the FBI, did this week, issued a notice to ensure that individuals, with respect to COVID-19 research, understand that we have bad actors.
“China in particular, cyber actors. In addition, some non-traditional players, such as journalists and other researchers, target our intellectual property in relation to this research, targeting individuals such as our own subject researchers.
” It is not a surprise. We know that China has long been a very bad player in cyberspace. “