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Premier: Telling companies to spy is 'not how China behaves'

AP  |  Beijing 

China's No 2 leader on Friday denied tells its companies to spy abroad, refuting U.S. warnings that Chinese might be a security risk.

Li Keqiang's comment at a conference was the communist government's highest-level rejection of accusations Chinese companies might spy on foreign customers.

Asked whether told Chinese companies to spy, Li said, "Let me tell you explicitly that this is not consistent with Chinese law. This is not how behaves. We did not do that and will not do that in the future." The and some other governments have imposed curbs on use of technology from Chinese vendors including as possible security risks.

Huawei, the biggest global maker of network gear for phone and companies, has denied accusations it facilitates Chinese spying.

Huawei's founder told reporters this year he would reject government requests to disclose confidential information about foreign customers.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 11:45 IST