The Latest on trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local):

9:45 p.m.

The German and Dutch leaders are making clear that they don’t plan to change their stance on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following an executive order by the Trump administration apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U.S. networks.

Shoppers browse smartphones at a Huawei retail store in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Chinatopix via AP)
Shoppers browse smartphones at a Huawei retail store in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Chinatopix via AP)

The U.S. has been lobbying European allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks over concerns China’s leaders could force it to use its equipment for cyberespionage. Germany in March published security standards calling for mobile providers to use “trustworthy” equipment suppliers that comply with national security regulations, but isn’t explicitly banning any supplier.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Thursday Germany had “found a very sound way” to deal with security on 5G networks. She spoke alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who said the Netherlands doesn’t want to exclude companies in advance.

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A worker uses an electric cart to haul a load of ride-sharing bicycles along a street in Beijing, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A worker uses an electric cart to haul a load of ride-sharing bicycles along a street in Beijing, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

7:15 p.m.

In Paris, France’s president has cautioned against freezing out Chinese tech giant Huawei or escalating trade tensions with China.

Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that “launching a technology war or a trade war toward any country” is not the best way to defend national interests.

In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019, photo, a worker moves aluminum pipes in a factory in Zouping in eastern China's Shandong province. (Chinatopix via AP)
In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019, photo, a worker moves aluminum pipes in a factory in Zouping in eastern China’s Shandong province. (Chinatopix via AP)

Macron was speaking at the VivaTech gadget show. He was responding to the U.S. announcement Wednesday labeling Huawei a security risk and introducing export controls.

But Macron added that France would be “very careful” about choosing who can install 5G networks. Huawei is far ahead of competitors in developing 5G technology, and denies accusations it facilitates Chinese spying.

Macron said France and Europe want more cooperation among governments to solve conflicts, as Washington and Beijing battle for global economic and technological dominance.

A man uses his mobile phone in front of a billboard at a construction site in Beijing, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A man uses his mobile phone in front of a billboard at a construction site in Beijing, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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6:00 p.m.

China’s government has criticized Washington for imposing export controls on technology sales to tech giant Huawei, saying it will “resolutely safeguard” Chinese companies.

A delivery man naps with his trolley in Beijing on Thursday, May 16, 2019. China's factory output and consumer spending weakened in April as a tariff war with Washington intensified, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up shaky economic growth. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A delivery man naps with his trolley in Beijing on Thursday, May 16, 2019. China’s factory output and consumer spending weakened in April as a tariff war with Washington intensified, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up shaky economic growth. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, criticized “abuse of export control measures” on Thursday after President Donald Trump signed an order requiring vendors to get approval for sales to Huawei.

Huawei, the biggest global maker of switching equipment for phone and internet companies, has spent a decade fighting accusations it facilitates Chinese spying.

Lu said Beijing will take “further measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises” but gave no details.

A woman walks past advertisement for Huawei smartphones in Beijing on Thursday, May 16, 2019. In a fateful swipe at telecommunications giant Huawei, the Trump administration issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A woman walks past advertisement for Huawei smartphones in Beijing on Thursday, May 16, 2019. In a fateful swipe at telecommunications giant Huawei, the Trump administration issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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