Chi­nese state me­dia says US try­ing to 'sti­fle' Huawei with ar­rest

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BEI­JING (Reuters) - The United States is try­ing to “sti­fle” Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy com­pany Huawei and curb its global ex­pan­sion with the ar­rest of a top ex­ec­u­tive, Chi­nese state me­dia said on Fri­day.

Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Co Ltd’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, Meng Wanzhou, the 46-year-old daugh­ter of the com­pany’s founder, was de­tained in Canada on Dec. 1, the same day US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping dined to­gether at the G20 sum­mit in Buenos Aires.

Trump did not know about plans to ar­rest a top ex­ec­u­tive at the Chi­nese tele­coms gi­ant in Canada, two US of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day, in an ap­par­ent at­tempt to stop the in­ci­dent from im­ped­ing cru­cial trade talks with Bei­jing.

Cana­dian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also sought to dis­tance him­self from the ar­rest, say­ing the de­ci­sion was made “with­out any po­lit­i­cal in­volve­ment or in­ter­fer­ence”.

China has de­manded Meng’s im­me­di­ate re­lease, and com­plained nei­ther Canada nor the United States have given a rea­son for the ar­rest.

The of­fi­cial China Daily said in an edi­to­rial there was still “no telling” on what grounds Meng had been de­tained and that it seemed to be part of US plans to pres­sure its al­lies not to use Huawei goods.

“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,” it said.

“What is badly needed for the de­vel­op­ment of China-US ties is po­lit­i­cal trust. Yet Wash­ing­ton, in per­suad­ing and pres­sur­ing its al­lies to shun co­op­er­a­tion with Huawei, has helped erode that po­lit­i­cal trust,” the English­language pa­per said.

In­flu­en­tial tabloid the Global Times, pub­lished by the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s Peo­ple’s Daily, said the United States was “re­sort­ing to a de­spi­ca­ble rogue’s ap­proach as it can­not stop Huawei’s 5G ad­vance in the mar­ket”.

The United States was abus­ing “le­gal pro­ce­dure to sti­fle Huawei”, it said.

“De­spite in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent, the US move ob­vi­ously goes against the con­sen­sus reached be­tween the heads of state of China and the US in Ar­gentina,” the pa­per wrote.

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