Kid­nap­ping of Meng due to US wor­ries that it is in de­cline

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The de­ten­tion of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, by Canada at the be­hest of the United States is a po­lit­i­cal kid­nap, com­ments Shen Yi, a re­searcher of pol­i­tics at Shang­hai-based Fu­dan Univer­sity, in a post pub­lished by Guan­cha.cn. Ex­cerpts:

Ob­vi­ously, Wash­ing­ton in­tended to use Meng as a weight to gain an up­per hand in the 90-day trade ne­go­ti­a­tions with China.

Fac­ing a ris­ing China, the anx­i­ety of Wash­ing­ton is un­der­stand­able. Oth­er­wise, it would not have risked ev­ery­one’s con­dem­na­tion to ask Canada to hold Meng for ran­som, a dirty trick.

If the plot of Meng’s case be­comes a con­ven­tional prac­tice, large num­bers of en­trepreneurs around the world face the threat of los­ing their free­dom be­cause of uni­lat­eral long-arm law en­force­ment.

The US is abus­ing its power. The coun­try takes it for granted that all its ill­nesses can be cured by co­erc­ing others to take the medicines it pre­scribes. This trend has be­come in­creas­ingly ev­i­dent since the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 2016.

Bei­jing has made the sen­si­ble de­ci­sion of prac­tic­ing re­straint so far, treat­ing the case as a sep­a­rate one from the on­go­ing trade fric­tions. And Huawei’s calm and con­cise re­ac­tion also passes the buck to the US side.

The rel­a­tive de­cline of the US’ power prompted it to act hys­ter­i­cally un­der the in­flu­ence of do­mes­tic pol­i­tics. The grow­ing po­lit­i­cal decay has spread se­ri­ous out-of-con­trol be­hav­ior, of which Meng’s ab­duc­tion is just the lat­est em­bod­i­ment.

How to deal with the ir­ra­tional and head­strong US is a test that China can­not steer clear of in the process of its rise.

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