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China Debates Pros and Cons of Retaliation After Huawei Arrest

  • Officials involved with economy want trade talks to proceed
  • Others want to take stronger action against U.S. companies
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Who is Wanzhou Meng?

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer, has triggered a debate in China over whether to carry on with trade talks or link the two issues and retaliate.

Conversations with seven Chinese officials across five government agencies, all of whom asked not to be identified, revealed a split between those focused on the economy and others who deal with national security. The first group saw a need to keep the two issues separate, while the second wanted to push back more forcefully against the U.S.