US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said two Canadian citizens being kept in custody by China are unlawfully detained and they should be returned. Pompeo made the accusation on Friday during a joint press conference after the US-Canada 2+2 ministerial meeting.
According to media reports, China is drafting a replacement for the “Made in China 2025” plan, with a new program promising greater access to China's markets for foreign companies and playing down China's bid to dominate manufacturing.
US national security adviser John Bolton unveiled the Trump administration's new Africa strategy on Thursday that takes aim at China and Russia. He accuses China of using "bribes, opaque agreements and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing's wishes and demands." Bolton claimed the "predatory practices" pursued by China and Russia "inhibit opportunities for US investment; interfere with US military operations; and pose a significant threat to US national security interests."
It is conceivable that some Western media will be biased, but China's national interests are as significant as those of other countries and must be defended.
The global business community has been alarmed by the executive's arrest in Canada. This has created uncertainty over international travel among corporate executives. Unconditionally freeing Meng will allay such apprehensions.
If the US insists on Meng's extradition, it will become an epoch-making evil in international business, tantamount to opening Pandora's box.
The development and governance logic of China and of the West are considerably different. Countries like France have more freedom, but lack cohesion.
Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, had her bail hearing Friday in the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada. The hearing was adjourned with no decision made on bail, and will resume at 1 pm on Monday.
We hope that Canadian authorities handle the case seriously and properly. We also hope that Ms Meng will be treated humanely and will be bailed out. We would like to see Meng's case being handled properly, so that she can regain her freedom as soon as possible. Chinese society has always respected Canada, and it is sincerely hoped that the way how Canadian authorities handle this matter will live up to Chinese people's expectation and impressions regarding the country.
Huawei is now facing its most severe test since it became the world-renowned innovative tech company.
The Chinese government should seriously go behind the US tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China's high-tech enterprises. It should increase interaction with the US and exert pressure when necessary. China has been exercising restraint, but the US cannot act recklessly. US President Donald Trump should rein in the hostile activities of some Americans who may imperil Sino-US relations.
Chinese people should have sufficient confidence. China, as an increasingly open market, has an irresistible attraction to the entire world including the US. The more Beijing opens itself up, the more confidence it has to negotiate with the outside world.
It will be a win-win situation if a deal is realized. But if not, more fights and talks will continue alternately for a longer while. Chinese society should maintain a calm attitude.
Because of electoral political pressure, Washington needs to hype its win in the trade war. China doesn't have to compete for public opinion with the US. China instead thinks of the actual benefits and of promoting reform and opening-up.
In talks on Saturday at Buenos Aires in Argentina, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump reached an important consensus on stabilizing trade relations between China and the US. The two countries will step up negotiations toward elimination of all additional tariffs and address issues of mutual concern.
The G20 summit kicked off in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday morning local time. Ahead of the summit, US President Donald Trump hinted he may impose more tariffs on imported cars, a move which targets Europe. The ongoing trade war with China is expanding, which is posing greater challenges to multilateralism and free trade. Observers are worried about whether global divergences can be curtailed and whether a joint communiqué will be reached at the conclusion of this G20 summit.
All companies are profit-oriented. Since Washington insists that national interests take priority over US companies' profits, chaos will ensue. Now that the world's so-called “leader” is in chaos, other countries should maintain order or else no one will be safe.
We expect that the meeting of the heads of the world's two largest economies will point to right directions that lead to finding their greatest common interest. In that case, no matter how many twists and turns, the China-US relationship will never lose its overall positive direction.