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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on BBC article entitled The spying game: China's global network
2020/07/24

Question: The BBC website published an article entitled The spying game: China’s global network (July 7). What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy in the UK?

Embassy Spokesperson: This article is full of defamatory comments on normal Sino-foreign business cooperation, which toxical and misleading to the public. It is a serious compromise of the BBC’s professionalism and credibility as a mainstream media to publish such distorted contents.

On the issue of 5G, reports have been dominated by unfair and untrue touting of the so-called “Huawei threat” and “technology cold war”, and even talks of building a “wall” that would divide the global telecommunications sector. Such stories are harmful to the normal development of the industry.

The fallacy that China’s National Intelligence Law could “force” telecommunications suppliers to hand over data to China is nothing but scaremongering. This law stipulates that “national intelligence work shall be carried out in a way that respects and protects human rights, and safeguards the legitimate rights and interests of individuals and organisations.” China has never and will never ask companies or individuals to collect data, information or intelligence in others countries by illegal means. Fabricating “Huawei risk” in the name of national security is tantamount to giving a dog a bad name to hang him. Doing so will only hamper normal cooperation between countries, and in the end, “drop the stone on their own feet”.

Quite aside from the protectionist blow that such a move would strike, economic globalisation remains an irreversible trend of our times. Under such circumstances, it is all the more important to choose multilateralism over unilateralism and hegemony, cooperation over putting one’s own country first, and to tear down walls instead of erecting one.

We urge that the BBC and other British media to replace presumptuous speculation, arbitrary defamation and misleading reports with a fair and objective approach to China's development, help the people here in the UK and in other western countries see a real China and protect the mutual trust and co-operation between China and the UK.

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