China slams US over 'unreasonable crackdown' on Huawei

Posted January 28, 2019 11:36 p.m. EST

— China has lashed out against the United States, accusing it of trying to "kill" Chinese businesses after US prosecutors indicted telecom giant Huawei on a slew of charges.

"For some time now, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and crack down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement Tuesday.

He added that Beijing sees "strong political motives and manipulation" behind the US charges against Huawei, which include conspiring to steal trade secrets and dodge American sanctions on Iran.

"We strongly urge the US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat Chinese companies objectively and fairly," Geng said.

The US charges against Huawei, and Beijing's angry response, come just days before the two sides are due to hold a new round of talks aimed at trying to defuse their damaging trade war.