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China accuses WSJ of lying over Ericsson/Nokia story

The Chinese foreign ministry reckons the Wall Street Journal fabricated a story just to stir up trouble between Europe and China.

The story in question was based on anonymous sources, who claimed that if the European Union decided to follow the UK’s lead in banning Huawei kit from its members’ 5G networks, China might just have to impose export bans on Ericsson and Nokia to teach it a lesson. For some reason, China is finding it easy to believe that anything published by the US press must have political undertones.

“This piece of information is made up with ulterior motives, it is maliciously fabricated news aimed at undermining good and cooperative relations between China and EU,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, is quoted as saying by the state-approved Global Times. Apparently, Wang also moaned about other media covering the WSJ story – uh oh.

Apparently keen to show the WSJ that two can play at the anonymous sources game, the Global Times quoted an unnamed former Ericsson exec as saying “[The Wall Street Journal] wants to destroy China-EU friendly relations.” Meanwhile Wang has also been spouting the standard vengeful bluster in response to the UK continuing to push back on China’s civil rights abuses in Hong Kong.

The fact that China felt compelled to refute the WSJ report would appear to indicate it’s worried about running out of trading partners in the West. Wrathful hot air of the kind mentioned above has become so commonplace as to be almost meaningless. China needs to come up with a better diplomatic strategy than ‘do what we want, or else’ if it wants to save any of its massive export market.

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17 comments

  1. Avatar ladakhchina 21/07/2020 @ 1:59 pm

    all the country need listen to the beijing!china govenment the only right way!hongkong people is all the terrorist and all should go to the special jail for there crime and learn more about how great china govenment is.western country and japan and india should watch your mouth and shut up!

    • Avatar Sam 21/07/2020 @ 3:54 pm

      Some of them not all, reason why I say this is because the young people have brain washed by their school teachers they totally innocen do but all CIA in jail

  2. Avatar Dr David Wong 21/07/2020 @ 6:11 pm

    Xi Jinping and the CCP is clearly in trouble within Mainland China over the fact that it failed prevent the virus from leaving Wuhan and is subsequently culpable for the worldwide pandemic. Mainland China’s unemployment is at an all time high. (Even the Wu Mao Chinese internet trolls are getting paid less than before.) Xi needs to show the Mainland Chinese people that he’s a strong leader, hence he imposed a brutal law in Hong Kong that punishes and throws into jail anyone that disagrees with the CCP there and on the Mainland.

    It is a common, and ridiculous, line for the CCP to say that any Chinese that disagrees with them is CIA. The CCP can’t stand differences in opinion and locks up anyone that disagrees with them. Many never to be seen again. The language that comes out of the Chinese Foreign Ministry sounds desperate and pathetic.

    • Avatar ladakhchina 21/07/2020 @ 6:26 pm

      i need warn you shut your mouth!dont say the bad thing about the china govenment!all the people in the hongkong is the terrorist and need go to the special camp jail to learn more about loving the china govenment.all the world need say thank you to the china.why the world so ungrateful to the china we respond virus 100% very good and wuhan do best job!chinese race is superior and garbage foreign country need do what beijing say!

      • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 21/07/2020 @ 6:34 pm

        ladakhchina, you’ve been very entertaining but you need to wind your neck in. If I see you say anything threatening/racist/moody like this again I’ll ban you.

        • Avatar Marc 21/07/2020 @ 9:10 pm

          First you wrote a weird dismissive-taking-side and divisive article promoting the all to well known massive disinformation campaign launched by your racist hypocritical US Federal Gov against the Chinese. And you are threatening the over frustrated Chinese commenter by shutting him down for defending his country.

          The world is watching this gross abuse by West and is ashamed for dealing with it.

          The lies generated by western journalists and Gov. Officials on China are abhorrent, disgusting and criminal.

          • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 22/07/2020 @ 9:10 am

            Who hurt you?

        • Avatar Jonathan 22/07/2020 @ 3:03 am

          Scott dude he’s being sarcastic (Poe’s law strikes again). Good story btw.

          • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 22/07/2020 @ 9:12 am

            Maybe but I have to draw a line somewhere.

        • Avatar garry 23/07/2020 @ 1:17 pm

          you must be the PinkO on this site or you are joking

    • Avatar B 22/07/2020 @ 5:37 pm

      Good all die too many people in the world over crowded total 7 billion reduce half NP .less eat food . also a lot of bad people than 80 yrs ago because money talk now in the world all competition. When people loosed jelouse always blame people and never look their in site.
      All said copy etc but all science is like mathematics when all same so if every body know they can make it too it is call copy? Also look ur face how is look like black or like white or like green lol lol where is ur gene from?

  3. Avatar Nepher 22/07/2020 @ 1:37 am

    WSJ top propaganda, at this point there is no difference between US controlled media and Chinese controlled media.

  4. Avatar Nepher 22/07/2020 @ 1:40 am

    There’s no reason to slap Ericson or any UE company they just need to make sure less UK and US products will be sold in China…

  5. Avatar Sri 22/07/2020 @ 3:34 am

    Interesting to see how the Chinese govt is behaving like a bull in a China shop with respect to handling intl relationships. I truly think that they have become too big to fail and they doing an eat-all- you-can till the pandemic lasts. I expect them to tone down once the vaccine is found and the factories start humming however, they would retain all the grabbed areas. The shrillness with which Zhao Lijing has been communicating is truly shocking to the diplomatic circles. Perhaps they have discovered that talking petulantly pays.

  6. Avatar Just Human 22/07/2020 @ 5:14 am

    It is hard to trust the authotarian Chinese government .They want power at any cost it seems which is not helping peace and growth of humanity.They can make any product cheaper because it is cheaper to copy .

  7. Avatar ymo1965 22/07/2020 @ 4:34 pm

    China accusing others of lying?? Woah, that’s fresh coming from them. They’ve been lying and manipulating since the year dot.

  8. Avatar Roelle Querize 24/07/2020 @ 3:46 am

    CCP is the largest and by far the most notorious of all crime organizations. Operating under a government and political cover, CCP is the epitome of an evil criminal villain who’s existence thrives on fatal sufferings it inflicts to its own people , as well as its disregards on human lives all over the world. Its innate barbaric traits has no place in the humane and moral world.

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