Beijing’s clear message to US allies such as Australia is that they will pay a steep price for siding with the Americans in the standoff over Huawei, part of a wider struggle between the superpowers for tech dominance.
The United States has escalated its fight with China for tech dominance.
On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice unsealed indictments against Chinese tech giant Huawei for theft of trade secrets and violations of US sanctions on Iran.
The allegations by the US government comes at a sensitive time, as negotiations are underway to end the damaging trade war between the two countries.
Together, the two indictments paint a company hungry to get ahead at any cost, including by stealing technology and telling lies for profit.