BEIJING (AP) -- China's Commerce Ministry says Australia's ban on Chinese technology giant Huawei from bidding to help build a nationwide high-speed Internet network is "unjust."
Australia says the ban is due to concerns about cyber attacks traced to China.
Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said in a statement late Friday that Australia should not exclude Huawei Technologies Ltd. from participating in a fair competition in the name of security.
Shen says Huawei has provided broadband network equipment and services for many countries and has operated in Australia for nearly a decade.
The ban highlights concern about a spate of hacking attempts aimed at Western companies and the role of Chinese equipment providers, which are expanding abroad.
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