Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said in 2015 he had “already transferred” his duties to a successor. So when it comes to his recent remarks about Huawei, should the world understand him to be speaking as a father, whose daughter is still in detention in Canada, and not as a businessman whose words still carry weight? Photo: AFP 
Billy Huang
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Opinion

Billy Huang

The perils of Chinese ambiguity: how and why the US mistrusts and misunderstands China

  • Chinese entrepreneurs seem well versed in the art of doublespeak, which dates back to a philosophical dichotomy in the Qin and Han dynasties. The practice is culturally acceptable in China but does not go down well in the West

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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said in 2015 he had “already transferred” his duties to a successor. So when it comes to his recent remarks about Huawei, should the world understand him to be speaking as a father, whose daughter is still in detention in Canada, and not as a businessman whose words still carry weight? Photo: AFP 
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