As Washington announced new export controls to restrict Huawei’s access to semiconductor technology, China’s foreign ministry urged the Trump administration to stop the “unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises.”
The Chinese tech giant has been at the center of US spying allegations for a while now. However, these latest restrictions on the smartphone manufacturer are a new escalation in the US-China battle for global technological dominance.
Commenting on the matter, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said:
The Chinese government will firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests. We urge the US side to stop its unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises immediately.
According to the ministry, the Trump administration’s actions “destroy global manufacturing, supply and value chains.”
US officials have repeatedly accused Huawei of stealing American trade secrets and aiding China’s espionage efforts. Over the years, this has ramped up tensions with the rival superpower as both sides are involved in a long-simmering trade war.
While imposing the new restrictions, the US Commerce Department said on Friday that the controls would “narrowly and strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology.”
The new restrictions will sever Huawei’s access to one of its major suppliers, i.e., TSMC. Last year, Trump’s administration banned the company from using US-manufactured semiconductors in their products.
This time around, the Asian superpower has threatened retaliation against the US for the move, including imposing restrictions on major US firms and putting them on an “unreliable entity list.” According to an anonymous government source, US tech giants Apple, Cisco, Qualcomm, and Boeing will be amongst the targeted firms.
The tension between the two countries has spiked again as the US Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced that it will indefinitely delay plans to invest in some Chinese companies that are under scrutiny in Washington.