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China accuses Pompeo of lying about Huawei

In this May 20, 2019 file photo, a child plays with bubbles near the logo for tech giant Huawei in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China on Friday accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of lying about Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co., as trade and technology rivalries between the world's two biggest economies continue to intensify.

"Some politicians in the United States have been making rumors about Huawei, but they have never been able to provide clear evidence" to prove them, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a press conference.

"Such U.S. politicians are now constantly fabricating various dogmatic lies and trying to mislead the American people," Lu added, emphasizing that Washington has been attempting to intentionally escalate U.S.-China economic and technology tensions.

His remarks came a day after Pompeo said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that Huawei "is tied not only to China but to the Chinese Communist Party" and that the firm "at least isn't telling the American people the truth, nor the world."

Huawei founder and chief executive officer Ren Zhengfei has argued that his company is not engaged in spying activities, saying it would never comply with a request by Chinese authorities to share confidential information.

U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, suggested Thursday that some type of agreement concerning Huawei could become part of a trade deal with Beijing, after Washington blacklisted the telecom equipment giant last week.

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. government decided last week to effectively ban American firms from supplying parts to Huawei and put it on a list of companies with which U.S. enterprises cannot trade without a license.

Huawei has been a leader in the field of next-generation 5G mobile communications.

The 5G technology will enable transmission of large amounts of data at extremely high speeds, allowing telecommunication devices to connect to almost all products and services, including those related to military affairs, through the wireless network.

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