Washington accuses Huawei of being a security risk, which the company denies | Photo: Shutterstock
China's government accused Britain
on Wednesday of colluding with Washington to hurt Chinese companies
after tech giant Huawei
was blocked from working on a next-generation mobile phone network.
The British government announced Tuesday that Huawei
Technologies Ltd. would be excluded from work on the network because US sanctions made it impossible to ensure the safety of Chinese-supplied equipment.
Without any concrete evidence, the United Kingdom took unfounded risks as an excuse and cooperated with the United States
to discriminate, suppress and exclude Chinese companies, said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.
Washington accuses Huawei
of being a security risk, which the company denies. The Trump administration is lobbying European and other allies to shun Huawei, the biggest maker of switching equipment for phone and internet companies, as they upgrade their telecom networks.
Washington last year imposed restrictions on Huawei's access to American components and other technology.
In May, the Trump administration tightened controls by blocking non-US companies
from using American technology to produce processor chips and other components for Huawei without Washington's approval.