Chinese state run media pulled out all the stops on Friday morning to condemn the arrest of Huawei CFO Ms Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Canada, at the request of the US.
Talk of a “despicable rogue’s approach” in the nationalist tabloid Global Times were followed up with the advice that the “Chinese government should seriously mull over the US tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China’s high-tech enterprises.”
Another major newspaper, The China Daily, claimed that “obviously, Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue’s approach as it cannot stop Huawei’s 5G advance in the market,” whilst adding that “containing Huawei’s expansion is detrimental to China-US ties.”
With this, the Chinese press immediately gets to the core fear of investors and analysts worldwide who dropped stocks yesterday as they are afraid the ongoing trade war between China and the US could be the forebode of a prolonged technology war.
The American authorities have been trying to get Huawei to court for at least two years. The company is suspected by the US of shipping products to Iran and other countries for which the US has imposed trade restrictions.
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The White House Administration thinks there is a direct line with the Chinese government because founder and CEO Ren was once an army officer. The Chinese telecom giant has always emphatically denied that it spies on behalf of the Chinese government.
In the United States, national telephone companies aren’t allowed to use Huawei equipment.
Now that many countries are starting to roll out the phase of the 5G networks, the US seems to be stepping up. 5G is a very critical infrastructure, because many devices, machines, and cars will be connected worldwide. The US is, therefore, calling on other countries to form a bloc against the Chinese supremacy in that rollout.
With this arrest, the US underlines that it is serious to them. Australia banned Huawei from its 5G networks in August and New Zealand blocked one of its major mobile operators to use Huawei. The British telecom company BT also revised its cooperation with Huawei and other European countries are considering a similar move.
In comments, but without making any specific reference to Huawei, National Security Advisor Mr John Bolton said his country had "enormous concerns for years" about the practice of Chinese firms "to use stolen American intellectual property, to engage in forced technology transfers, and to be used as arms of the Chinese government's objectives in terms of information technology in particular".
Over in Canada, Prime Minister Mr. Justin Trudeau wanted to reassure markets and investors that his government was told about the arrest a few days beforehand, but it did not play a role.
"I can assure everyone that we are a country with an independent judiciary," he stated, knowing full well that Canada is now seen as a vassal state to the US.
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