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Riley Walters is a policy analyst in the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation.
While President Donald Trump was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in South America about two weeks ago to resolve outstanding trade issues, authorities in North America were arresting the daughter of a Chinese telecommunications titan on fraud charges.
Washington - China - Government - Denominator - Issues
For many in Washington, China’s government is a common denominator that links these two issues. However, it’s not in the interest of the U.S. to simply group everything related to China under the China (or trade) policy umbrella, potentially blurring the lines between our principles and the protection of the rule of law.
The timing of the arrest in Canada was unfortunate for the White House. It cast a showdown over U.S.-China public relations and added uncertainty, despite recent success, to the trade negotiations with China.
Question - Washington - Beijing - Years - White
It has since reignited the question that’s consistently been asked in Washington and Beijing over the past two years: Does the White House intend to combine economic and security issues together in some sort of all-encompassing geopolitical strategy to confront China?
The same question was asked after the president blocked the Chinese acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corp., and it was a looming question after Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the Hudson Institute in early October, in which he aired the grievances that the White House has with Beijing.
Speech - Economic - Cooperation - Summit - Mid-November
The speech he gave at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in mid-November did little to quell those concerns.
Generally speaking, the answer to that question is—and should continue to be—“no.” The relationship with China is too complex, and the cost a state-led approach to manage American’s economic freedom is far too high to approach this way.
Arrest - Huawei - Officer - Meng - Wanzhou
Fortunately, that’s not what the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was about. Her...
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