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Is the US attempting to suppress Chinese tech companies?

Could the US be attempting to suppress Chinese tech companies? Well that’s the accusation that was thrown by a spokesperson for the Chinese government recently, and comes after US prosecutors were said to be investigating allegations that Huawei stole trade secrets from US businesses.

US lawmakers have also proposed a ban on selling US chips or components to the company.

The accusation came from Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the foreign affairs ministry, at a regular news briefing, who said, “The real intent of the United States is to employ its state apparatus in every conceivable way to suppress and block out China’s high-tech companies.”

According to the media in China the moves by the US is depriving a high-tech company of, "the rights to stay away from politics, focus on technology and market.”

The news that the US authorities are looking at allegations of a theft concerning trade secrets will further escalate tensions between the US and China and this all comes after the arrest last year of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s founder.

The problems for Huawei have been growing of late and countries around the world have started to raise serious concerns about working with it on security grounds. The company has been accused of being little more than an intelligence gathering arm of the Chinese state.

One piece of good news for the company has come from Germany where the BDI industry association has said that no vendors should be excluded from Germany’s fifth-generation mobile networks if is there is no evidence against them.

Before being excluded, and there have been calls in Germany to bar Huawei from the build-out of Germany’s 5G networks, accusations that the company is a threat to national security need to be proved.

Fair point!

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Neil Tyler

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