Washington — US authorities have blocked a seven-year application from China Mobile to enter the domestic market, citing national security concerns that come amid rising trade tensions between the world’s top two economies. US commerce department assistant secretary David Redl said that after "significant engagement" with the state-owned Chinese telecoms giant, "national security interests were unable to be resolved". His department’s national telecommunications and information administration also recommended that China Mobile’s application to offer voice traffic between the US and other countries be rejected. The move comes just days before the US is due to impose steep tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports, which is likely to spark countermeasures from Beijing. Asked about the move at a regular news briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said the US "should not speculate and repress Chinese enterprises in this way". "We urge relevant parties in the US ...

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