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Chinese Spox Angrily Responds to U.S. Assertion African Governments Put Sovereignty at Risk When Using Huawei

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded forcefully on Monday to accusations by the U.S. that African governments should be cautious about using Huawei technology. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian used especially pointed language during Monday’s regular press briefing in Beijing to denounce U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s recent warning to Angola and other African governments not to use equipment made by Huawei.

Sherman made the remarks during her own press briefing last Friday following a visit to the Angola offices of the U.S.-government-backed mobile phone company Africell where she restated longstanding U.S. concerns about purported spying and privacy risks associated with Huawei.

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