Huawei CFO ar­rest part of US ploy

▶ Try­ing to sanc­tion China through its firms: an­a­lyst

Global Times - - NATION - By Leng Shumei

The spec­u­la­tion that the ar­rest of Huawei’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou is part of US plans to tar­get Chi­nese en­ter­prises and en­trepreneurs cir­cu­lated Thurs­day on China’s so­cial me­dia.

Meng, the daugh­ter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, has been re­port­edly ar­rested in Canada on sus­pi­cion that she vi­o­lated US trade sanc­tions against Iran.

On Sina Weibo, China’s Twit­ter-like so­cial me­dia plat­form, the hash­tag #Hawei CFO Meng Wanzhou got ar­rested# has been viewed more than 140 mil­lion times with 58,000 com­ments as of press time.

“From the ZTE and Liu Qiang­dong cases to the ar­rest of Meng Wanzhou, the US aims to sanc­tion China through Chi­nese en­ter­prises,” Zhou Guo­qing, a com­men­ta­tor who has nearly 1.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers and goes by Dian­fengjuanke on Sina Weibo, told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

The US wants to tar­nish the im­age of Chi­nese en­ter­prises and en­trepreneurs by hit­ting Chi­nese com­pa­nies that have started or in­tend to start a busi­ness in the US, Zhou said in a post on Weibo on Thurs­day.

Many Weibo users echoed Zhou’s sen­ti­ments, slam­ming the US for play­ing “dirty tricks” on China, while urg­ing the US and Canada to re­lease Meng.

“US tricks can cre­ate some trou­ble for China but will not stop the pace of China’s de­vel­op­ment in 5G tech­nol­ogy,” Weibo user Zhan­hao said.

On the Cana­dian Em­bassy’s Weibo ac­count, Chi­nese ne­ti­zens won­dered “if Canada is a sov­er­eign coun­try, or just a hired gun for the US.”

“Let go of Meng al­ready,” some Net users wrote.

“Is the US that afraid of a ris­ing China? I used to ad­mire her as a great na­tion. But she has be­come noth­ing but a ganster,” wrote a Weibo user.

Twit­ter and Face­book users also asked if the US gov­ern­ment can ar­rest a for­eigner on un­founded ac­cu­sa­tions .

“Imag­ine be­ing so ar­ro­gant that you think you can ar­rest cit­i­zens from an­other coun­try for ‘vi­o­lat­ing’ sanc­tions you’ve placed on a third coun­try,” said Face­book user Eoin Mac.

Ni Feng, a deputy di­rec­tor of the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences’ In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies, told the Global Times on Thurs­day that Meng’s ar­rest is part of the US’ fo­cus on Chi­nese high-tech en­ter­prises.

“US is us­ing its ‘long-arm ju­ris­dic­tion’ to take di­rect ac­tion against Chi­nese en­ter­prises,” Ni said.

In April, the US pro­hib­ited do­mes­tic com­pa­nies from sell­ing com­po­nents to ZTE for seven years, say­ing ZTE al­legedly vi­o­lated an agree­ment reached with the US gov­ern­ment by il­le­gally sell­ing prod­ucts to Iran.

Liu, the founder and CEO of Chi­nese e-com­merce gi­ant JD.com, was ar­rested in Min­neapo­lis in Au­gust for rap­ing. Al­though he was re­leased and re­turned to China soon, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case re­mains ac­tive.

Liu’s case re­minded net users of the failed pros­e­cu­tion of Do­minique Strauss-Kahn, head of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund, for al­legedly rap­ing a ho­tel maid in 2011, which was re­port­edly a US gov­ern­ment move, af­ter Kahn dis­cov­ered that all of the gold held in the US Bul­lion De­pos­i­tory at Fort Knox was miss­ing.

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