Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday retorted at a regular press conference that “what the US does has nothing to do with the word 'clean'… What it does is... dirty play.”
Her comments came just a day after the White House announced visa restrictions for Huawei employees and those working for other Chinese firms if they were involved in alleged human rights abuses.
China and the US are at odds over a growing number of issues, including the origin of the new coronavirus and Beijing’s policies in Hong Kong.
The administration of American President Donald Trump is accusing Huawei of spying for the Chines government through its 5G network equipment. Both the company and Beijing have rejected the allegation.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson followed Trump’s lead and announced on Wednesday the UK government’s decision to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network from the end of 2027.
Shortly afterward, the American president claimed he had been responsible for that decision.