China on Friday denounced U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for fabricating rumors after he said the chief executive of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was lying about his company's ties to the Beijing government.
"Recently, some U.S. politicians have continually fabricated rumors about Huawei but have never produced the clear evidence that countries have requested,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said when asked about Pompeo's remarks.
"These American politicians continue to fabricate various subjective, presumptive lies in an attempt to mislead the American people, and now they are trying to incite ideological opposition," Lu added.
He reiterated that the U.S. should stop using its national power to suppress and smear other countries' companies, adding that China wanted to resolve differences between the two countries through friendly dialogue and consultation.
Washington has added Huawei and its affiliates to its "Entity List," a move that bans the company from buying parts and components from American firms without U.S. government approval.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the U.S. act is "typical economic bullying behavior," which will not be recognized and supported by the international community.