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‘Suppressing China will not stop development’ – MOFA spox on US scepticism over new Huawei chip, slams UK’s HK report

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« Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mao Ning said that ‘suppressing China will not stop its development’ as she reacted to the US Commerce department’s allegations of potential trade restriction violations surrounding a new Huawei smartphone chip, during a briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.
« We oppose the US’s abuse of the concept of national security to hobble Chinese companies, » she said, referring to sanctions imposed by Washington on chip exports. « That discriminatory and unfair practice undermines the principle of free trade and international economic and trade rules, destabilises the global industrial and supply chains and serves the interests of no one. »
« The US needs to be aware that containing and suppressing China will not stop its development, but will only make China more determined and capable in pursuing self-reliance and tech innovation.
Her remarks come after Washington reportedly stated that the new phone chip made by the Chinese company may violate trade restrictions, claiming it may have used US technology.
On Tuesday, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced during a hearing that Washington had no evidence that Huawei could produce smartphones with advanced chips in large volume.
Mao Ning also hit out at a new British report, which claimed that Beijing imposed national security law ‘beyond genuine national security concerns’ in Hong Kong.
« We see in this so-called report the usual irresponsible, non-factual accusations. It is a blatant interference in matters related to Hong Kong, which are China’s internal affairs. This is also against the principles of international law and the basic norms of international relations. China strongly deplores and firmly opposes it, » she declared.
« The UK needs to know that no foreign interference will ever shake the Chinese government’s firm resolve to fully and faithfully implement One Country, Two Systems and no attempt to destabilise Hong Kong will ever succeed, » she added.
The spokesperson also said that Beijing ‘commends and supports’ Saudi Arabia’s efforts to ease the situation in Yemen and promote the process of a political settlement on the Yemeni issue, following the five days of talks between Saudi Arabian and Houthi authorities.
She also stated that Beijing hopes that relevant parties in Yemen will continue to resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation. »

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