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There is still no telling on what grounds Huawei’s global chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Meng Wanzhou has been de­tained in Canada, al­though she is re­port­edly fac­ing ex­tra­di­tion to the United States as it al­leges she was try­ing to evade US curbs on trade with Iran. But one thing that is un­doubt­edly true and proven is the US is try­ing to do what­ever it can to con­tain Huawei’s ex­pan­sion in the world sim­ply be­cause the com­pany is the point man for China’s com­pet­i­tive tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies.

As one of the largest mak­ers of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work equip­ment, it is nat­u­ral for Huawei to co­op­er­ate with tele­com com­pa­nies all over the world and for it to want to be in­volved in the con­struc­tion of 4G and 5G cel­lu­lar net­works.

How­ever, Wash­ing­ton has asked its al­lies to cut ties with Huawei, claim­ing its equip­ment poses strong cy­ber se­cu­rity risks.

Such pres­sure from the US has made it very dif­fi­cult for some gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies to make a de­ci­sion on their co­op­er­a­tion with Huawei, whose pro­vi­sion of mo­bile equip­ment and ser­vices can make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to their telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work.

In the lat­est sub­mis­sion, Bri­tain’s largest mo­bile provider BT re­vealed on Wed­nes­day it was strip­ping the equip­ment of Huawei from its core 4G cel­lu­lar net­work after sim­i­lar moves by the US and New Zealand. Aus­tralia an­nounced in Au­gust that it will ban Huawei from its 5G net­work.

Se­cu­rity con­cerns are the rea­son given, but no ev­i­dence of this has been forth­com­ing while the pres­sure from the US is writ large. What pro­pels Wash­ing­ton’s an­i­mos­ity against China is its per­ti­na­cious Cold War men­tal­ity, with which it con­tin­u­ally dis­torts the re­al­ity of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

What is badly needed for the devel­op­ment of Chi­naUS ties is po­lit­i­cal trust. Yet Wash­ing­ton, in per­suad­ing and pres­sur­ing its al­lies to shun co­op­er­a­tion with Huawei, has helped erode that po­lit­i­cal trust.

For bet­ter China-US re­la­tions and bright prospects for the world econ­omy as well as the good per­for­mance of its own econ­omy, the US needs to change its men­tal­ity to­ward China.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his US coun­ter­part Don­ald Trump had a meet­ing on Satur­day that was seen as bring­ing China-US trade re­la­tions onto the right track of re­solv­ing their dif­fer­ences through talks.

Rather than cling­ing to the fa­mil­iar­ity of an out­dated ad­ver­sar­ial ap­proach to what it con­sid­ers a “ri­val”, Wash­ing­ton should ex­plore ways to put meat on the bones of the White House’s ob­ser­va­tion after Satur­day’s meet­ing that friendly re­la­tions of­fer “un­lim­ited pos­si­bil­i­ties”.

China and the US are at a crit­i­cal point in their re­la­tions, the US should not let bad habits hin­der their ef­forts to build on the pos­i­tive mo­men­tum that emerged from the meet­ing.


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