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China suggests Trump should ditch ‘tapped’ iPhones for Huawei

It called the eavesdropping allegations against it "fake news."
Saqib Shah, @eightiethmnt
October 25, 2018
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China is trolling Trump. In an official response to the allegations that it and Russia are spying on the President's trio of iPhones, a top-ranking Chinese official said: "If they are very worried about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei."

The snarky reply signals to the ban on the use of Huawei devices by US government agencies, signed into law by President Trump himself back in August. It followed years of suspicion regarding the tech giant's ties with the Chinese government and accusations of "bribery, corruption, discriminatory behavior and copyright infringement." Australia, too, recently banned Huawei from supplying 5G tech, while US senators are urging Canada to do the same.

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying -- deputy director of the Chinese foreign ministry's information department -- also borrowed one of Trump's favourite phrases to dismiss the findings of yesterday's New York Times report, branding it "fake news."

"Seeing this report, I feel there are those in America who are working all-out to win the Oscar for best screenplay," Hua said at the ministry's regular briefing in Beijing on Thursday, according to the South China Morning Post.

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