China is blowing a golden opportunity from Huawei arrest

Detention of Canadians risks driving away smaller countries alienated by Trump policies

China is blowing the geopolitical opportunity of a lifetime. There has probably never been a better moment to undo America's greatest strategic advantage by dividing the US from its global network of democratic allies, many of which are horrified by President Donald Trump's rhetoric and policies, and deeply worried about Washington's staying power.

Yet Beijing is doing its best to remind that democratic world that it has far more to fear from a hegemonic China than an erratic America.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2018, with the headline 'China is blowing a golden opportunity from Huawei arrest'. Print Edition | Subscribe