Huawei arrest: Chinese media lambasts “rogue” U.S.

Dec 07, 2018, 4:19 AM EST
China called Meng Wanzhou's arrest a "rights abuse."
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Chinese media have accused the U.S. of resorting to “hooliganism” over the arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, accusing Washington of attempting to hamstring the expansion of its leading competitive technology company.

China’s state-run tabloid Global Times said that Washington acted like a “despicable rogue” orchestrating Meng’s detention in Canada, adding that the move comes after the U.S. has failed to stop Huawei’s 5G advance in the market, writes The Guardian.

As the incident seems headed to escalate into a major diplomatic standoff, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied any political motivation behind the arrest, notes the BBC. There’s a palpable sense of anxiety among some Western governments, which believe Huawei’s 5G advances could bolster China’s spying capabilities and threaten their national security.