A group of US lawmakers from both political parties has introduced bills that would ban the sale of American chips or other components to Chinese telecommunications companies that violate US sanctions or export control laws.
The bills, which were introduced Wednesday, specifically cite Huawei and ZTE, both of which are accused of intellectual property theft and failing to respect US sanctions against other countries.
Washington has been pressing allies to refrain from buying Huawei’s switches and other gear because of fears they will be used by Beijing for espionage.
The bills were introduced shortly before the Wall Street Journal reported federal prosecutors were investigating allegations that Huawei stole tech secrets from several US telecommunications companies.
The proposed law drew sharp criticism from China where Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called the US legislation “hysteria”, intensifying a bitter trade war…