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Huawei arrest a 'despicable rogue' action: Chinese media

AFP  |  Beijing 

Chinese state-run media on Friday condemned the arrest in of a top of on a US request as a "despicable rogue's approach" to contain Chinese

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, has angered the and raised concerns that it could disrupt a trade war truce between the world's two biggest economies.

"The should seriously mull over the US tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China's high-tech enterprises," said the nationalist tabloid in an editorial.

"Obviously, is resorting to a despicable rogue's approach as it cannot stop Huawei's 5G advance in the market," it said.

Daily warned that "containing Huawei's expansion is detrimental to China-US ties."

US authorities have not disclosed the charges she faces following a publication ban sought by Meng, but "one thing that is undoubtedly true and proven is the US is trying to do whatever it can to contain Huawei's expansion in the world simply because the company is the point man for China's competitive companies," the daily said.

Though China's sector is still reliant on certain US exports like microchips, wants to transform the country into a -- with a technological prowess rivalling the -- in a plan dubbed "Made in 2025".

is one of the world's largest and services providers. Its products are used by carriers around the world, including in and

But its US business has been tightly constrained by worries it could undermine American competitors and that its cellphones and networking equipment, used widely in other countries, could provide with avenues for espionage.

Australia, and Britain have followed suit this year by rejecting some of the company's services over security concerns.

Chinese netizens have criticised Meng's arrest on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform, where sometimes deliberately incite nationalist fervour or pro-government stances.

Some users viewed the incident as part of the trade war -- and a broader conspiracy to keep down China's technological development.

"One of the most important reasons why the US started the trade war was to attack China's sector and its 'Made in 2025' plan," wrote one user.

The goal is to keep China stuck in "low-end industries and force China into the middle income trap."

The detention of Meng appears to be a "game of politics", wrote another user.

The executive's arrest follows a US probe into the company's alleged violations of sanctions.

Earlier this year, another Chinese tech firm nearly collapsed after banned US companies from selling and to it for seven years, though the ban was lifted after it agreed to pay a USD 1 billion fine.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 11:05 IST