Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2019/02/13

Q: There's report that the US is set to use an executive order to essentially let the government stop US companies from doing business with foreign suppliers like Huawei. Do you have a comment?

A: There have been quite a few similar reports recently. The US seems to try , by all means it can, mobilizing and lobbying so as to pressurize and smear Chinese companies for the reason that Chinese companies are not a secure option. I just saw questions from The Wall Street Journal, which mentioned Australian officials' concerns that participation of Chinese companies in the submarine cable business may enable China to transfer or monitor communication data.

So far, the US and a few of its allies haven't found any proof of threat posed by Chinese companies to their countries' security. They only cited some clauses of China's National Intelligence Law. But when surrounded by nothing but slanders, have you really thought about this: it is an internationally accepted practice to protect national security through legislation and ask organizations and individuals to coordinate with a country's intelligence service. For example, Australia ratified the Australian Security Intelligence Organization Act early in 1979 and the Intelligence Services Act in 2001, both stipulating that in accordance with the government's requirements, the intelligence service can use force to obtain data and information of people and organizations under investigation. There are similar laws in the Five Eyes Alliance, namely the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and other western countries including France and Germany, which you can all look up for .

Groundless accusations of security risks posed by Chinese equipment by the US and its few allies are wrong and biased interpretation of relevant Chinese laws. China's National Intelligence Law stipulates not only the obligations of organizations and citizens to lawfully support, assist and coordinate with the country's intelligence service, but also the obligations of national intelligence service to carry out its work according to law, respect and protect human rights, and uphold the lawful rights and interests of individuals and organizations. Besides, there are many provisions in other Chinese laws to protect the lawful rights and interests of organizations and citizens, including data security and privacy right. All sides should view this issue in a comprehensive and objective manner instead of making one-sided and wrong interpretation that is out of context.

The Chinese government has all along required Chinese companies to abide by local laws and regulations when doing business overseas. Countries should not apply double standards and view and handle this issue in an objective, comprehensive, reasonable and correct way instead of making all kinds of excuses to suppress foreign enterprises' legitimate development rights for their own benefit.

 

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