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China accuses US of eyeing ‘technological hegemony’ over Huawei sanctions

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The undated file photo shows the logo of Chinese firm Huawei.

China has accused the United States of seeking "technological hegemony" as Washington has stepped up pressure on Chinese tech giant Huawei by blocking its access to American suppliers.

According to reports, the White House has not renewed the licenses of some American companies that sell essential parts to the Chinese company.

The company, which makes network equipment and smartphones, has been on the US Commerce Department's list of entities subject to licensing requirements since 2019.

It is allowed to buy some less advanced parts. But the new restrictions could cut off Huawei's access to processor chips and other technologies, forcing major US-based companies such as Intel and Qualcomm to end business with them.

Huawei, China's top global technology brand, is at the center of a conflict between Washington and Beijing over technology and security. US officials say Huawei is a security risk and may facilitate Chinese espionage, a charge the company has flatly denied.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning has said the country is deeply concerned about these reports. The official has also accused Washington of "over-stretching the concept of national security and abusing state power" to suppress Chinese rivals.

The US Commerce Department said in a statement, “Working closely with our interagency export controls partners at the Departments of Energy, Defense and State, we continually assess our policies and regulations and communicate regularly with external stakeholders.”

“We do not comment on conversations with or deliberations about specific companies.”

Republican Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced earlier this month the committee would conduct a 90-day review of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry Security.

McCall also said he ordered the review because the agency had not responded to two years of requests for information on export control permits the agency had granted to China.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo this month, McCaul said the agency failed to meet its legal obligations to provide requested documents and information. McCaul also on Tuesday called reports of a commercial export freeze a "positive step" and called on the ministry to make it a permanent decision.

Washington has repeatedly accused Huawei of a "decades-long" effort to steal trade secrets from American companies. Huawei has time and again denied the accusations.

In 2019, then-US President Donald Trump announced Washington had blacklisted the giant tech, banning it from accessing American technology.

Critics of the US say the motive in attacking Huawei is not because it is a genuine security threat but because it is a rival in a crucial sector of the world economy in which America has enjoyed supremacy for decades.

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