Huawei Ar­rest a “De­spi­ca­ble Rogue” Ac­tion

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BEI­JING (Dis­patches) - Chi­nese state-run me­dia on Fri­day con­demned the ar­rest in Canada of a top ex­ec­u­tive of tele­coms gi­ant Huawei on a U.S. 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 world’s two big­gest economies.

Canada de­fended the ar­rest on Thurs­day, 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 U.S. ten­dency to abuse le­gal pro­ce­dures to sup­press China’s high-tech en­ter­prises,” said the na­tion­al­ist tabloid Global Times in an edi­to­rial.

“Ob­vi­ously, Wash­ing­ton is re­sort­ing to a de­spi­ca­ble rogue’s ap­proach as it can­not stop Huawei’s 5G ad­vance in the mar­ket,” it said. The China Daily warned that “con­tain­ing Huawei’s ex­pan­sion is detri­men­tal to China-US ties”.

U.S. au­thor­i­ties have not dis­closed the charges she faces fol­low­ing a pub­li­ca­tion ban sought by Meng, but “one thing that is un­doubt­edly true and proven is the U.S. 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,” the daily said.

China has lodged diplo­matic protests over the ar­rest and has re­peat­edly asked the US and Canada to “clar­ify” rea­sons for the ar­rest.

“In the past seven days, be it Canada or the U.S., nei­ther have pro­vided any ev­i­dence of the in­volved party break­ing the law in ei­ther coun­try,” Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang told a reg­u­lar press briefing in Bei­jing.

Meng’s ar­rest fol­lows a U.S. probe into the com­pany’s al­leged vi­o­la­tions of Iran sanc­tions. She faces a bail hear­ing in Canada on Fri­day.

Though China’s tech­nol­ogy sec­tor is still re­liant on cer­tain U.S. ex­ports like mi­crochips, Bei­jing wants to trans­form the coun­try into a global tech leader -- with a tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess ri­valling the United States -- in a plan dubbed “Made in China 2025”.

Huawei is one of the world’s largest telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and ser­vices providers. Its prod­ucts are used by car­ri­ers around the world, in­clud­ing in Europe and Africa.

But its U.S. busi­ness has been tightly con­strained by wor­ries it could un­der­mine Amer­i­can com­peti­tors and that its cell­phones and net­work­ing equip­ment, used widely in other coun­tries, could pro­vide Bei­jing with av­enues for es­pi­onage.

Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Bri­tain have fol­lowed suit this year by re­ject­ing some of the com­pany’s ser­vices over se­cu­rity con­cerns.

Ja­pan too plans to ban gov­ern­ment use of tele­com prod­ucts made by Huawei and Chi­nese tech firm ZTE, re­ported Ja­panese me­dia Yomi­uri Shim­bun on Fri­day.

Chi­nese ne­ti­zens have crit­i­cized Meng’s ar­rest on Weibo, China’s Twit­ter-like plat­form, where on­line trolls some­times de­lib­er­ately in­cite na­tion­al­ist fer­vor or pro-gov­ern­ment stances.

Some users viewed the in­ci­dent as part of the trade war -- and a broader con­spir­acy to keep down China’s tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

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