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Eli Lake

Don’t Let a China Trade Deal Kill the U.S. Campaign Against Huawei

The U.S. shouldn’t be so desperate for an agreement that it gives China a worldwide advantage in surveillance.

How much is a trade deal worth?

How much is a trade deal worth?

Photographer: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP

The U.S.-led campaign against Huawei Technologies Co., China’s telecom giant, has attracted a lot of attention for the indictment of the company’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou. On Thursday, Huawei’s lawyers pleaded not guilty in a New York federal court to 13 counts of fraud involving an elaborate scheme to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran.

That case is no doubt important, not only because of the possibility that Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, could face incarceration. It is also a major irritant in U.S.-China trade talks.