Published:  12:42 AM, 17 May 2019

US blacklists Huawei

US blacklists Huawei Huawei smartphones are seen displayed inside a shopping mall in Shanghai, China May 16, 2019. -Reuters

China strongly opposes other countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities, a Commerce Ministry spokesman said on Thursday in response to the latest US restrictions on telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. The United States should avoid further impacting Sino-US trade relations, spokesman Gao Feng told reporters at a weekly briefing.

The US Commerce Department said on Wednesday that it was adding Huawei Technologies Co and 70 affiliates to its so-called "Entity List" in a move that bans the Chinese telecommunications giant from acquiring components and technology from US firms without prior US government approval.

President Donald Trump separately on Wednesday signed an executive order barring US firms from using telecom equipment made by companies deemed to pose a national security risk.

The order did not specifically identify any country or company, but US officials have previously labeled Huawei a "threat" and lobbied allies not to use Huawei network equipment in next-generation 5G networks.

"China has emphasized many times that the concept of national security should not be abused, and that it should not be used as a tool for trade protectionism," Gao said.

-Reuters, Beijing

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