“My people are coming back right now from China and we will be doing something, one way or the other, with respect to what’s happening in China,” Trump said before departing on Air Force One from the China talks.
Meanwhile, on the same day of these talks, the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech and telecoms giant Huawei was arrested in Vancouver Canada at the request of US authorities and faces extradition to the United States. China demands clarity from the US and Canada over the arrest.
Chinese commerce ministry deflected questions that tied Huawei’s crisis to the US-China trade war. “I don’t have information in this regard at the moment,” ministry spokesman Gao Feng said.
Meng Wanzhou is the CFO of Huawei and the daughter Ren Zhengfei, the founder of the company. Huawei is the is one of the largest telecommunications equipment and services providers in the world.
Some Western governments fear Beijing will gain access to fifth-generation (5G) mobile and other communications networks through Huawei and expand its spying ability. Security concerns recently led BT to bar Huawei equipment from the heart of the 5G network it is rolling out in the UK.
New Zealand has blocked Huawei equipment over national security concerns after Australia imposed a similar ban on both Huawei and fellow communications firm ZTE.
The US has brought a number of legal cases against Chinese technology firms, with accusations such as cyber-security theft and violations of Iran sanctions. Earlier this year, it barred US companies from exporting to ZTE, effectively shutting down the firm. The US later replaced the ban with a fine and governance changes. The US has also restricted US firms from selling parts to Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua.
US lawmakers have repeatedly accused the company of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government.
The firm insists there is no government control but China is a communist country. Isn’t that the definition of government control? However if what the firm says is true, and there is no government control, then the Chinese government should have no complaint in the matter.
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska praised the move, accusing China of undermining the US’s national security interests.
“Sometimes Chinese aggression is explicitly state-sponsored and sometimes it’s laundered through many of Beijing’s so-called ‘private’ sector entities that are in bed with Xi’s Communist Party,” Sasse said in a statement, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The question some are asking is what effect will this have with negotiations with China? If China has been acquiring our technology to use it to spy on us or to use it against us, I would say it looks like leverage or the very least it looks like a counter attack.