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China slams US ‘bullying’ as firms step away from Huawei

AFP, Beijing
China slams US ‘bullying’ as firms step away from Huawei
A man walks past a Huawei logo displayed at a retail store in Beijing yesterday. Chinese telecom giant Huawei says it could roll out its own operating system for smartphones and laptops in China by the autumn after the United States blacklisted the company, a report said yesterday. AFP photo

China berated the United States for "bullying" Huawei yesterday as Panasonic joined a parade of foreign companies reviewing their ties with the telecom giant after a US ban linked to security concerns. Beijing also warned that Washington must show "sincerity" for trade talks to resume after President Donald Trump's moves against Huawei stoked tensions between the world's top two economies.

Commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said China has lodged "solemn representations" with Washington, warning that Beijing has the "confidence and ability to protect the lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies." "The US use of state power to arbitrarily exert pressure on a private Chinese company like Huawei is typical economic bullying," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.

Wang warned that Beijing was ready to "fight to the very end" in its trade war with Washington. Huawei was dealt a new blow as Japan's Panasonic announced it would stop supplying some components to the company. In an official statement emailed to AFP, Panasonic said it had announced in an "internal notification" that it would "suspend transactions with Huawei and its 68 affiliates that were banned by the US government".

It declined to comment on "other transactions that are not banned by the US". When asked for its response, Huawei pointed to a statement on Panasonic's Chinese website that said the firm was supplying Huawei "normally" and "strictly abiding by the relevant laws and regulations of countries and regions where Panasonic is present".

Japanese firm Toshiba said later Thursday it had resumed shipment of all products to Huawei hours after announcing a temporary halt to check whether US-made parts were involved.

The moves came a day after major Japanese and British mobile carriers said they would delay releasing new Huawei handsets, upping the pressure on the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer.

Washington's restrictions affect products made fully or partially in the United States, where Panasonic manufactures some of its components, or those that contain some US technology.

Last week, Trump declared a national emergency to bar US companies from using foreign telecoms equipment deemed a security risk -- a move seen as targeting Huawei, which Washington suspects of being a potential proxy for Chinese intelligence services.

The Commerce Department has also announced an effective ban on US companies selling or transferring US technology to Huawei, though it later issued a 90-day reprieve.

Earlier this week, Google said it would partially cut off Huawei devices from its Android operating system. Huawei has since indicated that it could roll out its own OS this year in China and internationally next year.

Trump's moves came days after he increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, prompting Beijing to hike duties on $60 billion in American products.

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