The US' strategy is not the best way to deal with Huawei

A woman walks past a Huawei store in Beijing, China on March 2, 2019. It is clear that the US government has made a strategic decision to go after the Chinese telecommunications equipment marker, says the writer.PHOTO: REUTERS

It is clear that the United States government has made a strategic decision to go after Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker.

What is not clear is whether there is a coherent strategy behind this decision. Is the goal to reform and improve Huawei? Or to destroy it? And is it part of a coherent American strategy to manage the rise of China? The rest of the world has already decided that this cannot be stopped, barring a catastrophic breakdown of internal legitimacy (which is unlikely).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2019, with the headline 'The US' strategy is not the best way to deal with Huawei'. Print Edition | Subscribe