The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, was detained by Canadian authorities in Vancouver as she was changing flights.
The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, was detained by Canadian authorities in Vancouver as she was changing flights.Photo: Associated Press 
  • 1. The Arrest That Sparked the Controversy
  • 2. Why Was Meng Wanzhou Arrested?
  • 3. How Did China React?
  • 4. Is the Crackdown A Response to Chinese Tech Aggression?
  • 5. How Did the US Respond?
  • 6. How Did US allies Respond to China?
  • 7. What Next?
Why Huawei Arrest Deepens the US-China Tech War

The dramatic arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive has driven home why it will be so hard for the Trump administration to resolve its deepening conflict with China.

In the short run, the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer heightened skepticism about the trade truce that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reached last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On Thursday, US stock markets tumbled on fears that the 90-day ceasefire won’t last, before regaining most of their losses by the close of trading.

But the case of the executive for a Chinese company that’s been a subject of US national security concerns carries echoes well beyond tariffs or market access. Washington and Beijing are locked in a clash over which of the world’s two largest economies will command economic and political dominance for decades to come.

  • 1. The Arrest That Sparked the Controversy

    The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, was detained by Canadian authorities in Vancouver as she was changing flights.
    Canadian authorities on Wednesday arrested the CFO of China’s Huawei Technologies, Meng Wanzhou, for possible extradition to the United States.
    (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

    The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, was detained by Canadian authorities in Vancouver as she was changing flights Saturday — the same day that Trump and Xi met at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina and produced a cease-fire in their trade war.

    The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, reported that Meng is suspected of trying to evade US sanctions on Iran. She faces extradition to the United States, and a bail hearing was set for Friday.

    The British bank HSBC is cooperating with US authorities in its investigation, people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

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