On March 15th China's second in command, Premier Li Keqiang, denied that Beijing tells companies to spy on their overseas competitors. Speaking at the end of China's 10-day annual legislative session, Premier Li sought to defuse tensions with Washington and Europe over technology and other issues by promising to treat foreign and domestic competitors equally, AP reported.
Li's rejection of spying accusations at a news conference following the event was the communist government's highest-level effort so far to put to rest concerns that threaten Chinese access to lucrative markets for telecoms and other technology. "This is not how China behaves. We did not do that and will not do that in the future," the premier said when asked whether Beijing told Chinese companies to spy on foreign countries.
The United States, Australia and some other governments have imposed curbs on the use of technology from Chinese vendors, including Huawei Technologies Ltd. Washington is lobbying European and other allies to shun Huawei as their phone carriers prepare to invest billions of dollars in next-generation technology.