Politburo member Yang Jiechi (pictured) said Chinese law does not require companies to ‘collect intelligence’ [Andreas Gebert/Reuters]

A senior Chinese official has dismissed concerns raised by US Vice President Mike Pence over telecommunications giant Huawei, rejecting allegations the company might covertly collect data and report it to Beijing.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, top diplomat Yang Jiechi also urged European leaders to ignore Washington’s calls for Huawei to be banned from developing

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