(Reuters) - 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.
The United States placed Huawei on a trade blacklist last week، effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with the world’s largest telecom network gear maker and escalating a trade battle between the world’s two biggest economies.
Huawei has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government، military or intelligence services.
“Chinese colleagues also deeply sympathize with the problems countered today by farmers in the U.S. agriculture and animal husbandry industry،” he said.
Trump said on Monday that his administration was planning to provide about $15 billion in aid to help U.S. farmers.
American farmers، a key Trump constituency، have been among the hardest hit in the trade war. Soybeans are the most valuable U.S. farm export، and shipments to China dropped to a 16-year low in 2018.