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The Chinese ambassador to the UK said Britain’s decision to block Huawei from its 5G network was “disappointing” – but Donald Trump hailed the decision.

Boris Johnson also prohibits the purchase of any new 5G equipment from the Chinese tech giant at the end of this year.

Condemning the ban, Liu Xiaoming tweeted: “The UK’s disappointing and wrong decision on #Huawei. It has become doubtful whether the UK can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for businesses in other countries. “

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But the President welcomed the UK decision, saying, “We have convinced many countries, many countries – and I have done it for the most part – not to use Huawei because we think it is a security risk. ”

“It is a big security risk and I have discouraged many countries from using it. If they want to do business with us, they cannot use it. ”

The United States continues to increase pressure on China, with Trump signing an executive order terminating Hong Kong’s special status, citing Beijing’s “oppressive actions”.

Trump said the order would mean “no special privileges, no special economic treatment and no exports of sensitive technologies” to Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong will now be treated like mainland China,” he said.

The president also signed a sanctions bill, approved by the US Congress, which could penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials implementing the controversial new security law in Hong Kong.

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Supporters of the law say there is a need to bring stability to Hong Kong, but critics fear it will be used to crush Hong Kong’s traditional freedoms.

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said this week that the primary elections held by pro-democracy parties last weekend, in which 600,000 people voted, could violate the new national security law .

According to state media, the Chinese government has declared itself firmly opposed to the latest US actions and would apply its own sanctions to American individuals and entities in response.

US-China relations have hit new lows, but this week a wave of official measures was announced by both sides.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, March 25, 2020. - The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of Seven Industrial Powers agreed on Wednesday during discussions that China was waging a campaign
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said that the United States is a “troublemaker” and has also announced sanctions against US defense contractor Lockheed Martin, who helps modernize Taiwan’s Patriot surface-to-air missile system .

He previously announced sanctions against US officials, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in response to previous United States sanctions imposed on senior Chinese officials due to the treatment of minorities in Xinjiang by China.

Analysis

Sanctions come and go across the Pacific, but they will certainly do more harm to China than to the United States.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were unlikely to plan a summer vacation in Xinjiang, but many wealthy Chinese have significant assets in the United States and send their children there regularly to be educated: the daughter of Chinese President Xi Jinping studied at Harvard.

And Trump’s comments on Huawei’s British ban show how comprehensive the U.S. approach is. A spokesperson for Huawei said yesterday that the British decision was about “US trade policy, not security.”

Mr. Trump added something to that, saying, “If [countries] want to do business with us, they can’t use it. ”

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Trade and security, however, are now two sides of the same coin. China itself has often been happy to confuse the two.

Trump also said the U.S. has “convinced” other countries to ban Huawei. In truth, he coaxed them. Washington had long lobbied the British government to reject Huawei, a campaign that London has managed to resist.

But U.S. sanctions against Huawei have changed this calculation, both technically, as the British government has noted its new security concerns, but also politically: the sanctions have given British politicians another opportunity (or cover) to respond to a tougher attitude of backbenchers and the public towards China. in 2020, and to change position.

Huawei’s British ban is proof of the harsh power of the United States.

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