America’s Anti-Huawei Op: The Inside Story of the Meng Wanzhou Arrest

The hot story in China watching is the arrest in Vancouver on December 1st of Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of China telecom giant Huawei, on charges relating to violation of US sanctions against Iran.

Even though there is no recorded precedent for arresting a corporate executive for fraud on a sanctions beef with the threat of 30 years in prison, this blatant act of economic and legal warfare was vigorously defended by mainstream scribes as just another example of the superior Western system of rule of law, to be contrasted with the lousy non rule of law thing that China uses to intimidate and extort its adversaries around the world.

King of the journo China hawks, Josh Rogin, schooled the ignorant on twitter:

Hey guys, Trump didn't arrest the Huawei exec to use as a bargaining chip in trade talks. The Justice Dept is charging her with crimes. The timing was a coincidence.

Then Donald Trump weighed in, and blew that talking point out of the water:

 “If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.”

This episode of China Watch unpacks the arrest of Meng Wanzhou and America’s vendetta against Huawei: the back story, the legal context, the intelligence community power grab, techwar, the political jockeying between the China hawks and the office of the president, the secret history of a U.S. fiasco everybody wants to forget but casts a shadow over the Meng arrest—hello again! John Bolton and Stuart Levey!—and the ugly story of a U.S. strategy to extend the reach of U.S. national sanctions around the world.

Everything, in other words, that big media wants to ignore in the rush to sell the China threat narrative.  It’s all here in this special edition of China Watch.

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Show notes

Exclusive: Trump says he could intervene in U.S. case against Huawei C.F.O.

‘Five Eyes’ Spy Chiefs Agreed to Contain Huawei’s Global Reach at Meeting in July: Report

T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal, sources tell Reuters

Security Council official behind 5G network plan no longer at White House: report

ZTE Sanctions Reconsidered.  Is Huawei the next target?

Huawei’s CEO built an empire. Trump could tear it down

Silicon Valley built Huawei.  Washington could dismantle it.

The Deep State Plan to Sabotage Korean Peace

Follow Kim Jong Il’s Money…But How Far?

Law enforcement officials rebuff Trump over prosecution of Chinese executive

Exclusive: Huawei CFO linked to firm that offered HP gear to Iran

USA declares war on Huawei, with a bit of help from ZTE

Canada has no choice but to arrest Huawei executive at Washington’s request: expert

OFAC pushes new limits on jurisdiction of U.S. sanctions by penalizing non-U.S. companies for “causing”violations by making U.S. dollar payments

How to Crush an Outlaw Biker Gang:  Seize Its…Logo?

Special China Watch reports on Korea

Perhaps no foreign affairs issue in recent history has been so thoroughly misunderstood as the backstory of U.S. engagement with North Korea.  That’s because U.S. machinations relating to North Korea are about as dirty, unsuccessful, and embarrassing as can be imagined.

Here’s your chance to understand the context of U.S.—North Korea relations: a trio of special reports I have prepared on the untold story of U.S. duplicity and failure on North Korea.  Unknown, that is, to Western observers who rely on the selective historical memories of American policy makers and pundits; but deeply known and felt reality to North Korean and Chinese policymakers for whom U.S. bad faith and betrayal is the default setting in Korean affairs.

The Deep State Plan to Sabotage Korean Peace (full episode available on Youtube)

John Bolton’s presence on the White House staff is a red flag to Chinese and North Korean policymakers.  That’s because John Bolton’s core competency is sabotaging the stated and perhaps genuine intentions of the President of the United States to pursue peace on the Korean Peninsula, and substitute “active measures” to promote regime change. 

One of the most consequential failures in modern U.S. diplomacy (or anti-diplomacy) if you prefer, was a disastrous foray into financial secondary sanctions targeting North Korea during the George W. Bush years when John Bolton ruled the North Korea regime-change roost.  The sanctions gambit—targeting a tiny, China affiliated bank in Macau—backfired and literally birthed North Korea’s first atomic bomb.

It’s history that the Chinese and North Koreans know deep in their bones, even as the U.S. government tried to deny and ignore the reality of the fiasco.  To understand the deep distrust and reflexive caution of Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping in dealing with the United States, you need to know about the Banco Delta Asia gambit of 2005.

This is a non-paywalled China Watch offering posted on the Newsbud youtube channel per the link.  Please circulate it among your friends and encourage them to subscribe to Newsbud and get the full story of America’s North Korea boondoggle.

Shame in San Francisco: At the Olympics, South Korea Says “Enough” to a Century of Japanese and U.S. Betrayal

My Asia Brief audio report on the history Americans don’t know… but drives current events on the Korean peninsula.  Resentment at the sacrifice of Korea to U.S. Cold War ambitions and the Japanese alliance runs deep…and Koreans in the North and South are finally able to do something about it.

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview! For purchase at Newsbud Store or for Purchase or View via Amazon or Vimeo

The Korean War was a desperate and dubious battle in which the US was ready to try anything and everything to overcome its strategic and tactical disadvantages.  Biological weapons, nuclear weapons…and Douglas MacArthur’s plans for a strategic breakout via escalation of the Korean conflict to a regional war.  Everything was on the table.

Douglas MacArthur made the first US attempt to parlay a Korean crisis into an existential confrontation with the People’s Republic of China.  With the US milsec establishment, his ideas are more popular—and dangerous—than ever.  My documentary uses first hand testimony and declassified archives to finally reveal the truth behind this long-suppressed event.

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  1. Mark Ribbit says:

    Great in depth report on the case Peter!
    It has world-wide repercussions and it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the coming weeks and months.

  2. tallsexyblonde says:

    Top notch Pete. 🙂

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