When Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou at the Vancouver Airport for violating sanctions against Iran, unnamed aides said Trump had a smile on his face. The charges came from the U.S. Department of Justice, but Mr. Trump wanted to dangle Meng in front of the Chinese trade war negotiators. Mr. Trump’s pick for acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker did Trump a solid by putting Meng behind bars in Canada. Trump claimed he had nothing to do with her arrest. But he said he would be happy to talk to China and cut a deal for her release.
Meng is still in Canada, but her extradition order is in the works. According to the Chinese press, Trump wants to keep her in jail until he makes a deal. But Trump also knows Huawei is ahead in the development of a 5G network. Several American companies want to beat the Chinese in this 5G race and ruining Huawei’s reputation is the Trump way of doing it. According to tech experts whoever controls the 5G network can control the world.
Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder, blasted Trump for arresting his daughter. Ren told the BBC Trump staged this arrest so he would have an advantage in the trade war negotiations. But the U.S. Justice Department came out swinging at Ren. The DOJ claims the case against his daughter followed the rule of law and there is evidence to support her arrest, according to Reuters.
The U.S. tech industry thinks Huawei doesn’t play fair. T-Mobile accused Huawei of stealing their intellectual property. And other U.S. tech companies think Huawei spies for the Chinese government. But Ren Zhengfei denied those claims during a CBS Good Morning America interview. Ren said if Huawei was a spy the United States would have caught us in the act. That proves we don’t do it, according to Zhengfei.
Huawei is the biggest when it comes to producing telecoms equipment. According to the head of Huawei’s German business, Dennis Zuo, the Chinese government does not own stock in Huawei. And the government doesn’t interfere with their business, according to Handelsblatt, a German newspaper.
According to Reuters, Ren plans to move its U.S. investments to the U.K., if the DOJ continues to take legal action against his company. If the U.S. doesn’t trust Huawei, Ren will do business with a country that does, according to Reuters.