HUAWEI ARREST A ‘ROGUE’ ACT, SAYS CHINA
Chinese state-run media on Friday condemned the arrest in Canada of a top executive of telecom giant Huawei on a US extradition request as a “despicable rogue’s approach” to contain Chinese high-tech ambitions.
The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer and daughter of the company’s founder, has angered the Chinese government and raised concerns that it could disrupt a trade war truce between the US and China.
Canada defended the arrest, saying there was no political motivation, and a senior advisor to US President Donald Trump denied it was linked to US-China trade talks. But Chinese media cast the move as an assault on the development of the country’s high-tech industry.
“The Chinese government should seriously mull over the US tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China’s high-tech enterprises,” said the nationalist tabloid Global Times in an editorial. “Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue’s approach as it cannot stop Huawei’s 5G advance in the market,” it said.