China vows 'necessary' measures in response to UK's Huawei ban

China will take necessary measures in response to Britain's "discriminatory" ban on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, which has severely damaged China's investment confidence in the country, China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday.

"China is evaluating the UK actions that have betrayed free trade principles and will take necessary measures to resolutely defend Chinese firms' legal rights," ministry spokesman Gao Feng said during a weekly briefing, without giving details.

Earlier on Wednesday, China warned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his decision to ban Huawei from the 5G network would cost Britain dearly in investment.

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File photo dated 20/10/2015 of Chinese President Xi Jinping with Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during his state visit to the UK. A pop-up book, a painting of a swimming pig and a bottle of gin were among the official gifts given to the Queen last year.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greets President of China Mr Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan at a creative industry event at Lancaster House in London on October 21, 2015.
A staff member adjusts the Vessel of Friendship, a model of the 'treasure ship' sailed by 15th-century Chinese navigator and diplomat Zeng He, presented to Queen Elizabeth II by President Xi Jinping of China in 2015, during a preview for the exhibition of Royal Gifts, which is part of the annual Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, London.
Well wishers (left) and anti-Chinese protestors (right) hold flags and placards as Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Duke of York visit Inmarsat in London.
Demonstrators hold placards as Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Duke of York visit Inmarsat in London.
(left to right) Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, the Duke of York, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Andy Sukawaty, Chairman of Inmarsat, and Greg Hands, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, pose for a photograph during a visit to Inmarsat in London, on the third day of his state visit to the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President of China Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, at Buckingham Palace in London.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President of China Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, at Buckingham Palace in London.
Madame Peng Liyuan and Chinese President Xi Jinping listen to speeches during a visit to Imperial College London during the State Visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, London.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
China's president Xi Jinping makes a speech at a banquet at the Guildhall in London on the second day of his state visit as Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow looks on.
The Duke of York (left) speaks with Chancellor George Osborne (centre) during the State Visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, London.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
(from left) Chancellor George Osborne, Madame Peng Liyuan and Chinese President Xi Jinping listen to speeches during a visit to Imperial College London during the State Visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, London.
China's president Xi Jinping sits alongside the Duke of York at a banquet at the Guildhall in London on the second day of his state visit.
Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow and Lady Mayoress Gilly Yarrow greet the Duke of York at a banquet at the Guildhall in London on the second day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit.
(Left to right) The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan, view a display of Chinese items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace in London, during the first day of the Chinese state visit.
The red carpet is rolled out before Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes the President of China, Xi Jinping, to 10 Downing Street in London.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greet President of China Mr Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan at a creative industry event at Lancaster House in London on October 21, 2015.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wait in the rain to greet President of China Mr Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan at a creative industry event at Lancaster House in London on October 21, 2015.
China's President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister David Cameron attend a commercial contract exchange at the UK-China Business Summit at Mansion House, London, on the second day of Xi's state visit.
China's President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister David Cameron attend a commercial contract exchange at the UK-China Business Summit at Mansion House, London, on the second day of Xi's state visit.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid and China's Minister Gao Hucheng sign an agreement as Prime Minister David Cameron and China's President Xi Jinping watch at Number 10 Downing Street in London on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
China's President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister David Cameron attend a joint press conference in 10 Downing Street, in central London on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
China's President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands at the end of their joint press conference in 10 Downing Street, in central London on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the President Xi Jinping of The People's Republic of China and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan as they visit a creative industry event at Lancaster House, London on day two of the President's state visit to the UK.
The President of China, Xi Jinping (centre) arrives at Lancaster House in London, where he attended an event celebrating the cultural collaboration, existing and future, between the UK and China.
The President of China, Xi Jinping (right) leaves Lancaster House in London, where he attended an event celebrating the cultural collaboration, existing and future, between the UK and China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a BAFTA presentation at Lancaster House in London.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and the Duchess of Cambridge attend a BAFTA presentation at Lancaster House in London.
Madame Peng Liyuan listens to speeches during a visit to Imperial College London, on day two of the state visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Duke of Cambridge with the President of China, Xi Jinping, at Lancaster House in London, after they attended an event celebrating the cultural collaboration, existing and future, between the UK and China.
People wait outside Imperial College London ahead of the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on day two of the state visit by the Chinese President.
A general view of the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace, London, during a state banquet in honour of Chinese President Xi Jinping during the first day of his state visit to the UK.
President of China Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan accompany Queen Elizabeth II as they arrive for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, on the first full day of his state visit to the UK.
President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, meets the Prince of Wales at Clarence House, London for China Tea on the first day of the President's state visit to the UK.
President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, meets the Prince of Wales at Clarence House, London for China Tea on the first day of the President's state visit to the UK.
President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, London for China Tea on the first day of the President's state visit to the UK.
China President Xi Jinping addresses MPs and peers in the Palace of Westminster's Royal Gallery in London on the first full day of his state visit to the UK.
A member of the Household Cavalry on Horse Guards Parade, London, ahead of a ceremonial welcome for the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on the first day of their state visit to the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II at Horse Guards Parade, London, during the ceremonial welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping on the first day of his state visit to the UK.
The Duke of Edinburgh accompanies Chinese President Xi Jinping (left), as he inspects a Guard of Honour during the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade, London, for the President on the first day of his state visit to the UK.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honour during the official welcome ceremony at Horseguards Parade in London, on the first official day of the Chinese state visit.
Members of the Household Cavalry on Horse Guards Parade, London, ahead of a ceremonial welcome for the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on the first day of their state visit to the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II at Horse Guards Parade, London, during the ceremonial welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping on the first day of his state visit to the UK.
The Duke of Edinburgh and Chinese President Xi Jinping inspect the troops at Horse Guards Parade, London, during the ceremonial welcome for the president on the first day of his state visit to the UK.
A protester at The Mall in London, as Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive on the first day of their state visit to the UK.
The Duke of Edinburgh accompanies the President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping (nearest camera), as he inspects a Guard of Honour during the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade, London, for the President on the first day of his state visit to the UK.
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales greet Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, on the first official day of their state visit.
The crowds on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the Chinese state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves 10 Downing Street in London after he met with Prime Minister David Cameron on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
Well wishers wave flags as Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Duke of York visit Inmarsat in London.
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Johnson on Tuesday ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain's 5G network by the end of 2027, a decision that China sees as a result of politicised pressure from US President Donald Trump.

Britain has lost its independence on the matter of Huawei, China's foreign ministry said, adding that the British government should make responsible decisions in line with its long-term interests.

Gao urged Britain to "correct its wrong behaviour" and protect its good trade ties with China.

Trump said this week he was responsible for Johnson's Huawei decision, but Britain denied that and said it was motivated by its own security concerns and worries that supplies of Huawei gear could be interrupted by US sanctions.

Britain had in January granted Huawei a limited role in its 5G rollout.

The United States says Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is an agent of the Chinese Communist State and cannot be trusted.

Huawei denies it spies for China and has said the United States wants to frustrate its growth because no US company could offer the same technology at a competitive price.

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