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Global Times on Huawei: No Setback Should Shake China’s Determination to Build A Community of Shared Future for Humanity

7 December 2018

EIRNS—The arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer in Canada at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice, ostensibly over violation of Iran sanctions, is only part of an across-the-board attack on top Chinese telecommunications companies. Kyodo News reported today, citing government sources, that on Monday Japan will take measures to "effectively exclude Chinese telecommunication equipment makers Huawei and ZTE from public procurement." The U.S. and the other members of the Anglo-American "Five Eyes" intelligence group (USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) had already done the same, in the name of preventing Chines "spying" through these technologies.

China’s Global Times daily took due note of this attack in its editorial today ("Growing Stronger, Opening Wider, Key to Resolving Huawei Crisis"). This is occurring, it notes, despite Huawei being a private company, with 180,000 employees operating in 170 countries.

The Chinese people "never expected" this degree of Western "vigilance" against it, Global Times acknowledged, to then outline the case for why China should remain confident in continuing to build for a new global paradigm.

The government daily rejected those who argue that there is little chance of ending strategic competition and tension with the United States, as "a passive viewpoint."

"China wants to rise peacefully and help build a community with shared future for mankind. To realize the goal, it must develop constructive Sino-US and Sino-Western relations. Temporary problems and setbacks should not shake our determination to achieve that goal," Global Times wrote.

Problems arise from the "friction caused by extensive exchanges between the two different systems. It is possible for them to adjust to each other. There is room in both China and the West to adjust and reduce the suspicions of the other," it continued. "Reform and opening-up requires us to free our minds. We believe China can be more far-sighted and open-minded and its future will be more promising."

Although unstated by Global Times, the outlook it proposes was displayed by President Xi Jinping in every stop in his Nov. 27-Dec. 5 five nation diplomacy. [GGS]