US abuses le­gal pro­ce­dure to sti­fle Huawei

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL -

Meng Wanzhou, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Huawei Tech­nolo­gies, was ar­rested by Canada on De­cem­ber 1 at the be­hest of the US. Meng is also daugh­ter of com­pany founder Ren Zhengfei. Ob­vi­ously Wash­ing­ton is re­sort­ing to a de­spi­ca­ble rogue’s ap­proach as it can­not stop Huawei’s 5G ad­vance in the mar­ket.

The US is seek­ing Meng’s ex­tra­di­tion to face un­spec­i­fied charges in the East­ern Dis­trict of New York. Ac­cord­ing to Cana­dian me­dia, US charges may stem from Huawei’s vi­o­la­tion of Amer­i­can sanc­tions against Iran.

Huawei de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion in a state­ment. The Chi­nese Em­bassy in Canada on Wed­nes­day voiced its firm op­po­si­tion to the ar­rest of Meng, say­ing that it is a “gross vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights.”

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 in­ci­dent shows that China faces a com­pli­cated com­pe­ti­tion with the US. Bei­jing needs de­ter­mi­na­tion and wis­dom to safe­guard its own in­ter­ests.

With the ar­rest, the US is send­ing sig­nals to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity that it is tar­get­ing Huawei. It is clear that Wash­ing­ton is ma­li­ciously find­ing fault with Huawei and try­ing to put the com­pany in jeop­ardy with US laws. Wash­ing­ton is at­tempt­ing to dam­age Huawei’s in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion and tak­ing aim at the tech giant’s global mar­ket in the name of law.

We call on the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and society to of­fer moral sup­port to Huawei and Chi­nese diplo­mats to of­fer timely as­sis­tance to Meng. We also sup­port Huawei in its le­gal bat­tle with the US to prove its in­no­cence and thwart some Amer­i­cans’ plot to throw the com­pany off track.

Huawei has been grow­ing steadily by strictly fol­low­ing laws. It draws man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence from all transna­tional com­pa­nies and main­tains the high­est stan­dards in this re­gard. It is im­pos­si­ble that Huawei would want to de­lib­er­ately vi­o­late US reg­u­la­tions. It will be dif­fi­cult for the US to con­vict the Huawei ex­ec­u­tive.

Huawei should try to de­feat the ac­cusers un­der the US le­gal frame­work. If the US pros­e­cutes Huawei with an un­war­ranted charge, the case will be­come com­pli­cated but Huawei will still have plenty of room for ma­neu­ver.

There is not much like­li­hood that Huawei will be­come the next ZTE. Huawei is tech­no­log­i­cally stronger than ZTE and the sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent from the time ZTE faced re­pres­sion in the US. It is be­lieved Huawei has the abil­ity and wis­dom to tackle the risks and min­i­mize dam­age brought about by the US move.

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment should se­ri­ously mull over the US ten­dency to abuse le­gal pro­ce­dures to sup­press China’s high-tech en­ter­prises. It should in­crease in­ter­ac­tion with the US and ex­ert pres­sure when nec­es­sary.

China has been ex­er­cis­ing re­straint, but the US can­not act reck­lessly. US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump should rein in the hos­tile ac­tiv­i­ties of some Amer­i­cans who may im­peril Sino-US re­la­tions.

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