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China urges U.S. to cancel bans on tech firms ahead of G20
24 June 2019
By Nicholas Sakelaris
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping review soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army honor guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on November 9, 2017. File Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA-EFE

June 24 (UPI) -- Chinese officials said Monday they want the United States to cancel "inappropriate" actions against Chinese technology companies as part of a new trade deal the presidents of both countries will discuss this week.

The U.S. Commerce Department added five Chinese technology companies to the entity list that bans them from doing business in the United States. That's in addition to Huawei, which was added to the list in May citing U.S. national security concerns.

"We hope the U.S. side, under the principles of free trade and the spirit of [World Trade Organization] principles, can cancel these inappropriate measures against Chinese companies, and remove them from the entity list," Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen said. "This has benefits for both sides."

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will resume trade talks this week at the G20 conference in Osaka, Japan, where they will try to break the deadlock and replace ever-increasing tariffs with an equitable trade deal. They will meet Thursday.

Chinese officials also said they will not be the only ones to compromise or make concessions. The ban on Chinese companies won't help the trade balance between the two countries, Wang said.

"We should meet each other halfway, which means both sides will need to compromise and make concessions, and not just one side."

Trump said he and Xi "had a very good telephone conversation" last week and will have an "extended meeting" at the G20 summit.

A recent report on International Religious Freedom by the U.S. State Department found a "staggering scope of religious freedom abuses in Xinjiang."

"In Xinjiang province in particular, the mass detainment of more than 1 million Chinese Muslims is an outright atrocity," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

 
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