A man holds a Chinese flag in support of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou outside a bail hearing in Vancouver on December 11. China has reacted to the incident by hitting back at Canada, instead of winning more friends around the world. Photo: Bloomberg
Philip Bowring
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Philip Bowring

The Huawei fail: why is China hitting back at Canada, instead of uniting the world against US hypocrisy?

  • Philip Bowring says the arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is a wasted opportunity for China. It could have used the case to ally with countries that resent the US’ Iran sanctions. Yet, the way it is going after Canada smacks of thuggery and nationalism

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A man holds a Chinese flag in support of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou outside a bail hearing in Vancouver on December 11. China has reacted to the incident by hitting back at Canada, instead of winning more friends around the world. Photo: Bloomberg
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.