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China Tries to Walk a Tightrope as Backlash Over Huawei Case Threatens to Derail U.S. Talks

Posted December 10, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Catherine Wong & Wendy Wu – South China Morning Post)

As Huawei’s finance chief Sabrina Meng Wanzhou seeks bail, Beijing is walking a fine line between defending one of the crown jewels of the country’s tech industry and preventing a nationalist backlash that could derail its trade talks with Washington.

The chief financial officer and heir apparent to the Chinese tech giant has applied for bail after she was arrested in Vancouver, Canada, on December 1 at the request of the United States.

With Meng due to return to court on Monday for her continuing bail hearing, which began last week, China has been ratcheting up the pressure on both Canada and the US for her release.

Over the weekend, Chinese foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng warned the Canadian ambassador to China that there would be grave consequences if Canada did not immediately release Meng. Click here to read more.