China denounced the U.S.’s latest moves to curb Huawei Technologies Co.’s access to commercially available chips, the latest blow in an increasingly tense relationship between the world’s two biggest economies.

The changes announced by the Commerce Department on Monday build on restrictions announced in May, adding 38 Huawei affiliates in 21 countries to an economic blacklist as the U.S. seeks to limit adoption of the company’s 5G technology. In an interview on “Fox and Friends,” President Donald Trump said he doesn’t want Huawei’s equipment in the U.S. “because they spy on us.”

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, said President Xi Jinping’s government opposes the “discrediting” of Chinese companies such as Huawei and said the U.S. “has been abusing their state power in the name of national security.” He called the U.S. the “empire of hackers” and said the move would only backfire.

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