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 of 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.
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.
Beijing’s backlash continued on Monday, when foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang offered a strong defence for Huawei, but refrained from drawing a direct link between the case and the continuing trade negotiations with the US.
Source: South China Morning Post