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BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the United States and criticised Washington for blocking a high-profile Chinese takeover of a U.S. financial firm on security grounds.
In another blow to the global ambitions of Chinese firms, Huawei Technologies Co's planned deal with U.S. carrier AT&T Inc to sell its smartphones in the United States also fell apart because of security concerns, people with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.
The failed deals come as the U.S. considers several new tariff moves in the coming weeks, including broad restrictions on steel and aluminum imports and punitive actions against China arising from an investigation into Beijing's alleged theft of intellectual property.
An editorial in the official China Daily on Thursday blamed the termination of the Huawei-AT&T deal on political pressure instead of business considerations, and said this threatened the kind of win-win deals China sought.
"This is not the first time U.S. politicians have stooped to mudslinging to prevent the entry of Chinese high-tech companies into the U.S. market on the pretext they pose national security threats," it said.
Washington's criticism of China's tightly controlled economy and restrictions on foreign investment rang hollow, it added.
"Its blocking of deals involving Chinese companies in sectors where it has traditionally had an advantage shows its criticisms have more validity if directed at the U.S. market," the editorial said.
(Reporting by Elias Glenn and Stella Qiu; Editing by Stephen Coates)
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