China opposes U.S. action against China Telecom

The U.S. Justice Department and other federal agencies on Thursday called on the Federal Communications Commission to revoke China Telecom Corp's authorization to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.

The agencies, including Homeland Security, Defense and State-- cited "substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks associated with China Telecom’s operations."

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that the United States must stop politicizing commercial matters.

(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) SPOKESMAN OF CHINA FOREIGN MINISTRY, ZHAO LIJIAN, SAYING:"China has noticed relevant reports, and China is firmly opposed to it. The Chinese government has always required Chinese companies to do business based on market principle and to be compliant with the law. Concurrently, we also require them to abide by the local laws and regulations. We urge the U.S. to follow market principle, stop generalizing national security, stop the mistaken action of politicalizing economic issues, stop oppressing Chinese companies with no reason. And provide a fair, just and non-discriminative environment for Chinese companies."

China Telecom has rejected the allegations and said it has "been extremely cooperative and transparent with regulators."

Video Transcript

- The US Justice Department and other federal agencies on Thursday called on the Federal Communications Commission to revoke China Telecom Corp's authorization to provide international telecommunication services to and from the United States. The agencies, including Homeland Security, Defense, and State cited substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks associated with China Telecom's operations. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, told reporters that the United States must stop politicizing commercial matters.

ZHAO LIJIAN: [SPEAKING MANDARIN]

INTERPRETER: China has noticed the relevant reports, and China is firmly opposed to it. The Chinese government has always required Chinese companies to do business based on market principle and to be compliant with the law. Concurrently, we also require them to abide by the local laws and regulations. We urge the US to follow market principles, stop generalizing national security, stop the mistaken action of politicalizing economic issues, stop oppressing Chinese companies with no reason, and provide a fair, just, and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese companies.

- China Telecom has rejected the allegations and said it has been extremely cooperative and transparent with regulators.