BEIJING – Beijing denounced on Tuesday that the United States has been abusing the concept of national security to ban more Chinese technology companies and mobile applications following the cases of Huawei, TikTok or WeChat.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a routine press conference that this attitude will not do any good to the US.
“Chinese business always complies with law and regulations, including those on the US. They follow market laws and legal requirements,” Hua said, while expressing hope that Washington would reconsider its decisions.
“China opposes that the US abuses its national power to suppress Chinese business. It goes against market principles and international trade rules,” the spokesperson said.
Furthermore, Hua rued that China was put in the line of fire by the American government led by President Donald Trump.
“Every day, they are cheating, lying, scapegoating and smearing and attacking China. If they are not doing that, they are imposing sanctions on other countries. That is just very sad,” she said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s statement came just a day after Trump administration’s Assistant to the President, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Peter Navarro, revealed that Washington was going to ban more Chinese mobile apps in the coming days.
Around the beginning of August, Trump signed executive orders to ban all transactions with TikTok – a social networking app for sharing short videos – and the WeChat messaging app – dubbed as the “Chinese WhatsApp” – as well as their developers, Chinese technology firms ByteDance and Tencent, on grounds of national security.
“It is critical that this country not use apps that are made in China, or that can take our data and go to servers in China. That data will be used to surveil, monitor and track you,” Navarro said in an interview with American television channel Fox Business on Monday.
The adviser to Trump explained that this was the “underlying” reason for banning apps such as TikTok and WeChat.
“And there will be others (apps banned) because China (…) is basically going out around the world trying to acquire technology and influence,” he said.