A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry has said that anti-Chinese feelings have reached a level of “hysteria” in the United States, while state-run media have compared the growing sentiments in Washington to “McCarthyism.”
Hua Chunying responded on behalf of the Chinese government to news that a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. had proposed legislation that would ban the sale of chips and other components to Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.
“I believe the action of these few representatives are an expression of extreme arrogance and an extreme lack of self-confidence,” Hua said, Reuters reported on Thursday. She argued that “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.”
The Wall Street Journal also reported on Wednesday that Huawei was being targeted in a U.S. criminal probe over the alleged theft of trade secrets from American competitors, such as T-Mobile. Huawei and ZTE have previously been accused by Washington of being linked directly to China’s communist government, with U.S. intelligence officials and politicians warning that the companies could use their products and services for espionage in service of Beijing.
The Global Times , a Chinese state-run English-language newspaper, published an editorial on Thursday slamming the the U.S. response to the companies as “high-tech McCarthyism.”
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