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BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Common sense teaches that a market economy always features openness, fairness and the principle of non-discrimination. However, in recent years, those rules have been largely abused by the United States as a political tool to rake in self-interests in global competition.

The United States always proclaims itself as a champion of market rules. Yet when Washington feels its economic and technological supremacy is under threat, it will invariably choose to bully foreign companies under the pretext of "national security."

Such politicized practice has already become its regular tactics. Late last month, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a 1.9 billion-dollar program to reimburse mostly rural U.S. telecom carriers for removing network equipment produced by Chinese companies including Huawei and ZTE Corp, citing the platitude of "national security threats."

The move is yet another episode of Washington's smear campaign against Chinese tech companies as there is no solid evidence to support its accusations. The so-called "national security" is no more than a clumsy political cover for its economic bully and protectionist impulses.

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