Huawei and China, Facing U.S. Charges, Have Few Ways to Retaliate

 The New York Times
Date: Jan. 29, 2019
By: Paul Mozur and Raymond Zhong

Wilbur Ross, the United States secretary of commerce, speaking on Monday about charges of bank fraud and stealing trade secrets against Huawei of China.CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York Times

SHANGHAI — Ever since Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer at the Chinese technology giant Huawei, was arrested in Canada nearly two months ago, Chinese officials have denounced the move as “wrongful” and “arbitrary” — a political affair cloaked in a judicial one.

Now that the United States has laid out its case against Ms. Meng in greater detail, neither Huawei nor the Chinese government has easy options for responding or retaliating.

Huawei, the world’s largest provider of the equipment that powers mobile phone and data networks, said on Tuesday that it was innocent of charges unveiled in Washington the day before that it had misled the United States government about its business in Iran, obstructed a criminal investigation and stolen American industrial secrets.

China’s Foreign Ministry called again for the United States and Canada to release Ms. Meng, who is a daughter of Huawei’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei.    [FULL  STORY]