China has threatened to retaliate against the US after President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively blocking American companies from working with telecoms firm Huawei.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang slammed the use of unilateral sanctions on Chinese firms and said the country would take action.

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“We urge the US to stop its wrong practices, create conditions for Chinese and American companies to carry out normal trade and cooperation, and avoid causing more damage to bilateral economic and trade ties,” Lu said.

“The Chinese side will take necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of our companies.”

The comments came after Trump brought in new legislation preventing US firms from working with companies that pose a threat to national security.

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