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A new diplomatic [spit / spat] has broken out between China and the USA over the USA's treatment of China's technology [gigantic / giant] Huawei. The USA has accused Huawei of [criminal / criminality] wrongdoing. It has charged the company with a [literacy / litany] of crimes, including bank fraud, [wire / wired] fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and [thieve / theft] of trade secrets. The director of the FBI explained the charges at a press conference. He told reporters: "The charges disclosed today are the result of [years / year] of investigative work conducted by the FBI and our [raw / law] enforcement partners. These charges expose Huawei's brazen and [persistence / persistent] actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to [threaten / threatening] the free and fair global marketplace."

China is [furious / fury] over the USA's treatment of Huawei. It has [abused / accused] the USA of trying to "kill" Chinese businesses. A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said [in / on] a statement on Tuesday: "For [some / same] time now, the United States has deployed its state power to [shear / smear] and crack down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and [legality / legal] business operations." He added: "We strongly [urge / purge] the US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and [threat / treat] Chinese companies objectively and [fairly / fair] ." He warned that: "China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and [properly / proper] rights of Chinese companies."

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