Wen Yang — If the US has a consistent strategy against China, striking Huawei this time has exposed its strategic goal. The US does not hide its true intentions anymore. China has to deal with it using its own battle strategy.
The worst case scenario would be Trump is playing some political tricks with China. He already has a strategy planned out, and acknowledged all the information on Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou's arrest and timed every step. If things fall into this category, it means that the US is ready for battle with fully loaded ammo. China, on the other hand, lacks of backup plan.
Through a protracted legal procedure, to uncover and expose Huawei's business secrets, try to destroy the Huawei brand, and to remove it from the market is what the US really wants to do.
Huawei is the forerunner of the Chinese high-tech companies, symbolizing the cutting-edge technology during the new 5G era. If the plan of the US succeeds, it will deal a blow to China's technology sector.
The Chinese government so far is still keeping its calm, without drawing too much connection between Meng's arrest and the possible US plan to sabotage Huawei.
The current world structure is mixed with globalization and major power competition.
Competition among powers is rivalries based on nations' strengths, with the United Nations trying to support peaceful dispute settlement and resolution.
The two trends contradict each other and generate problems, which reflect on the China-US relations.
The 40 year of reform and opening-up is also a period of time new liberalism swept the world. China fitted in the world economic system through mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the US. As one of the beneficiaries of globalization, China has achieved high-speed growth.
The rise of China's economy is also the result of the hardworking Chinese people. Outside environment and the internal driven power together made the economy to take off. The current international order has been favourable to China. China has no intention to challenge it.
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After Meng's arrest, the US has applied the same legal procedure to Huawei. But the difference of Huawei and the timing, is that not only the Chinese, but also the world believe this is the beginning of the technological war or the upgrade of the trade war. Chinese people cannot accept Huawei as a second ZTE, calling on the company to fight back.
But, it is unlikely for China to make this move. The US has imagined China trying to subvert the world order. So as leader and defender of the world order, US will move to discipline China. If China fights back, instead of a competition between two rivals, it will be seen as the second largest country is challenging the leader of the world system.
If successful, the result will break the balance of the country's competition system, and overthrow current world order and globalization pattern.
But it does not mean being weak and conceding unconditionally. It is because China is a responsible stakeholder of the global system, and will keep promising not to change the current world order. After all, globalization involves all the countries in the world. China has been supporting multilateralism and pushing for free trade, which are the essence of the global system.
Once the trade war upgrades, both countries are likely to slide into all-around confrontation. Then China has to think thoroughly and make plans for the future.
China is not passive and the US does not have an advantage in the current situation. In fact, trade war or technological war, China and US have become inseparable economically.
When the US attacks China, hits landed on itself as well. Considering the divided politics and society within the US, it is hard to say who will shoulder more liability in the end.
Counterattack is a must, but skill is needed. China will have to find an accurate target between the globalization system and power competition. Historically speaking, China's rising and US falling will be an unstoppable trend. China should have confidence in that.
This article originally appeared on the Global Times website.