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Chinese FM Spokesperson: We hope all countries reject nationality discrimination in global scientific cooperation as firmly as they reject racism

2020-07-31

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on July 30, Spokesperson Wang Wenbin answered a question on the US ambassador’s warning to Brazil on use of Huawei equipment in the country’s 5G network.

Journalist: The US Ambassador to Brazil has warned that Brazil will face consequences if it picks Huawei to develop its 5G network. Do you have any comment on this?

Wang Wenbin: You mentioned the remarks by US Ambassador to Brazil. That reminds me of what Secretary Pompeo and some other American politicians have been doing. They have been pressuring other countries to exclude Huawei. Their allegations about the Chinese company have no factual basis at all.

The US claims that Huawei threatens US national security. But let's take a look at the facts. Over the past 30 years, Huawei has developed over 1,500 networks in more than 170 countries and regions, having 228 Fortune 500 companies as clients and serving more than three billion people all over the world. Not a single cybersecurity incident like those revealed by Edward Snowden or WikiLeaks has there been. Not a single tapping or surveillance operation like PRISM, Equation Group or ECHELON has there been. And not a single country has produced evidence of any backdoors in Huawei products.

The US claims to be a defender of democracy and freedoms, but what we have seen is some American politicians including Pompeo incessantly pressuring other countries, making uninvited comments about their 5G development and openly coercing them into following its own will. This is hegemony in full display.

The US keeps talking about fairness and reciprocity, but what does it do? When other countries' businesses have a competitive edge, American politicians would make up excuses and resort to state power to suppress them. They would go to any length for this, violating market economy and fair competition principles the US always claims to champion, breaking international trade rules, even hurting the interests of US consumers and businesses.

The real reason behind Pompeo's animosity towards Chinese companies has nothing to do with national security or democracy, freedoms, fairness or reciprocity. It's just because they are Chinese companies and also front runners in their lines of business. Pompeo has been claiming that by excluding Huawei, countries are joining the ranks of "clean countries". The so-called "clean countries" he has been touting is nothing but a code name of double standards.

We hope all countries will commit to uphold a fair, just, open and non-discriminatory business environment and reject nationality discrimination in global scientific cooperation as firmly as they reject racism.

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