Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has strongly denounced the “economic harassment” of the United States against the telecom giant Huawei and warned that Beijing would “fight to the end” in the trade war against Washington.
“The US’s use of the power of the state to arbitrarily put pressure on a private Chinese company like Huawei is typically economic harassment,” Wang Yi said in a statement on Wednesday night.
The head of Chinese diplomacy was speaking from Kyrgyzstan on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional institution that includes China and Russia. The trade dispute between China and the United States escalated after the Trump administration’s decision to blacklist Huawei in the name of national security, prompting several companies, such as Google, to cut some ties with the Chinese manufacturer of smartphones.
Washington’s decision provoked a domino effect: several Japanese and British telecom giants have announced that they will cut their link with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. The Japanese electronics giant Panasonic announced Thursday stop supplying some components to Huawei, because of the US ban.
The day before, telephone operators in Japan and the United Kingdom had announced to postpone the sale of Huawei smartphones. “Some people in the United States do not want China to enjoy the legitimate right to develop and seek to impede its development process,” said Wang Yi. “This extremely presumptuous and egocentric American approach is not able to obtain the approval and support of the international community,” he added.