(Reuters) – US Senator Mark Warner said he organized meetings between US intelligence officials and the country's business and academic communities to urge caution in their relations with China.
"I have convened meetings between the intelligence service and outside of business and academia stakeholders to ensure that they have the full threat and hopefully make various decisions on Chinese partnerships," the senator said in a statement.
Accusing China to undermine US security, Sen. Warner, a Democrat, said the meetings were aimed at raising awareness of tactics used by China against the United States.
In a series of classified briefings with US companies, the country's intelligence service has warned of potential risks of doing business with China, the Financial Times reported earlier on Sunday.
Information brochures for educational institutions, venture capitalists and technology firms have been provided by the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, along with FBI officials and the National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center, FT reported and quoted officials attending briefings.
Developments come as the US and China have been involved in trade tensions for months over issues such as technology, cyber security, tariffs, industrial subsidies and intellectual property rights.
On Thursday, the United States added Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to a blacklist for trading, immediate introduction of restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the company to do business with US counterparts.
The move came among US concerns that Huawei's smartphones and networking equipment could be used by China to spy on Americans, claims the company has repeatedly denied. 1