Stop ‘unreasonable bashing,’ China tells US
Beijing says politics behind crackdown on its companies
Beijing fired back Tuesday over criminal charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei, calling them politically motivated and urging the United States to stop the “unreasonable bashing” of Chinese companies.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on Monday, alleging that the company stole trade secrets, violated trade sanctions against Iran, committed wire fraud and obstructed justice.
“For some time, the U.S. has been us- ing national power to tarnish and crack down on specific Chinese companies in an attempt to strangle their lawful and legitimate operations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement Tuesday. “Behind such practices are deep political intentions and manipulations. We strongly urge the U.S. to stop its unreasonable bashing on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat them objectively and fairly.”
Geng called on the United States “to immediately withdraw its arrest warrant for Ms. Meng Wanzhou, refrain from making a formal extradition re- quest and stop going further down the wrong path.”
Meng was arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States and is out on $7.6 million bail while awaiting extradition.
Monday evening, Canada’s Justice Department confirmed that officials received a formal extradition request from the United States, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported.
Huawei denied any wrongdoing in a statement Tuesday, saying it was “disappointed to learn of the charges brought against the company.”
Huawei “denies that it or its subsid- iary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations,” the statement said. The company “is not aware of any wrongdoing of Ms. Meng and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.”
The criminal charges came before high-level trade talks between China and the United States, the world’s two largest economies. The United States will increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent if a deal is not struck by a deadline of March 2.
Talks are set to be held in Washington this week. The leader of the Chinese delegation, Vice Premier Liu He, will meet with President Donald Trump.
Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the Huawei charges and the trade talks were unrelated.
“The U.S. has been using national power to tarnish and crack down on specific Chinese companies in an attempt to strangle their lawful and legitimate operations.”
Geng Shuang Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman