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ANALYSIS: Huawei’s Victory in Meng Wanzhou Case Is a Pyrrhic One

Oct. 4, 2021, 9:01 AM

Huawei CFO and founding family member Meng Wanzhou left detention in Canada on Sept. 24 and returned to a hero’s welcome in China, ending a three-year legal battle between her and the U.S. Department of Justice. Simultaneously, China released two Canadians that it had detained since December 2018, in a move criticized internationally as “hostage diplomacy” by Beijing.

Varying perspectives have emerged on the significance of this development: a victory for China’s hostage diplomacy; an appeasement of China by the Biden administration; a step toward a reset of U.S.-China relations. But little of the attention has focused on the ...

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