China's commerce minister has attacked the US for its "Cold War mentality" over claims that Chinese telecoms maker Huawei poses a security risk because of its links to the Communist party.
The US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee claimed last month that China could use Huawei equipment for spying and urged American companies to stop doing business with Huawei , and with another Chinese company ZTE.
But on Saturday Chen Deming, China's Commerce Minister said: "Can you imagine if China started asking U.S. companies coming to China what their relationship was with the Democratic or Republican parties? It would be a mess."
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 18th Party Congress, which will see a new generation of leaders chosen, he said: "If you see me as a Trojan horse, how should I view you? By this logic, if the Americans turned it around, they would see that it's not in their interest to think this way."
Earlier this year Dr Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, told the Telegraph : “Huawei is taking an open and transparent attitude to address the concerns of the US government. In fact, we have been making all efforts to address their concerns and questions.”
The comments about Huawei emerged as a raft of new economic data showed the Chinese economy turning a corner.
China's trade surplus grew to its biggest in 45 months in October on higher-than-expected export growth of more than 11pc.
And Zhang Ping, head of China's economic planning agency the National Development and Reform Commission, said he was confident GDP growth would exceed 7.5pc.
"Signs of stabilisation in the economy were getting more obvious in October," he said.
"We are fully confident that we can achieve the economic growth target for this year. In other words, we are able to maintain economic growth of above 7.5pc."
The news followed data showing Chinese factory output growth quickened in October.
The web giant's Transparency Report, which monitors internet traffic , showed that "all Google services [were] inaccessible" in the country.
Google said in a statement that it had "checked and there's nothing wrong on our end."