China-US ties: Chinese embassy in Brazil hits back as Brasilia joins America’s ‘Clean Network’

China-US ties: Chinese embassy in Brazil hits back as Brasilia joins America’s ‘Clean Network’

China’s embassy in Brazil has hit back at comments made by a senior US official, after Brasilia this week became the latest signatory to an American deal to block Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. from foreign nations’ 5G networks.

“What the US calls ‘clean networks’ is discrimination, exclusionary and political,” the mission said in a statement released on Thursday.

It came after Brazil on Wednesday signed up to the US-led “Clean Network” proposal, which has already attracted support in dozens of other countries.

The embassy was annoyed by a speech made by Keith Krach, US undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and environment, at the US embassy in Brasilia on Wednesday, in which he referred to Huawei as the “backbone of the [China’s] surveillance state”.

“Consensus has formed that the Chinese Communist Party cannot be trusted with our most sensitive data and intellectual property,” he said.