The US government has dismissed claims it operates a protectionist agenda, to favour its own firms at the expense of foreign rivals, as the fallout from investigation into two Chinese tech giants spreads.
The accusations surfaced in light of reports into Chinese firms ZTE and Huawei. A US intelligence committee had warned the two firms technology could not be trusted because of apparent links to the Chinese military and their refusal to provide specific information when requested during the investigation.
Huawei and ZTE both dismissed these claims and in turn accused the US of having a premeditated agenda against the firms.
Furthermore, on Thursday it was revealed by Reuters that the White House had called for an investigation into Huawei over security concerns, but the report found no nefarious issues to report.
"We knew certain parts of government really wanted evidence of active spying," Reuters quoted an unnamed source involved in the investigation as saying.
However, the US Department of State told V3 that any investigations carried out are done so in good faith and there is no agenda to try and protect US interests.
"The State Department works with the White House, the interagency and the telecommunications industry to identify national security risks, and we are consistently developing strategies to protect against those risks," it said.
"The vast majority of foreign investment does not raise national security concerns. The United States is committed to welcoming foreign investment."
It also said the government has a good working relationship with China, echoing similar statements made by defence secretary Leon Panetta last week.
"We have discussed cyber issues with the Chinese at high levels and look forward to continuing and deepening our conversation," the Department of State added.
One firm that does benefit from Huawei's inability to sell in the US is network giant Cisco.
It's already embroiled in an escalating war of words with the firm over a legal case dating back to 2004 which has resurfaced in recent weeks after Cisco took umbrage at Huawei's interpretation of the outcome of the case.
The incidents all serve to underline the growing economic and political tussle between the US and China.
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