Chinese state media condemned a senior executive of telecommunications giant Huawei in Canada on a US extradition request as "a deplorable rogue approach" to contain the high-tech ambitions of China.
The arrest of Meng Wanzou follows a US probe in the alleged violations of the Iranian sanctions company. He will face the bail hearing in Canada, next Friday.
The arrest of Meng, chief financial officer and daughter of the founder of the company, has irritated the Chinese government and raised concern that it could break a truce of trade war between the two largest economies in the world.
On Thursday, Canada defended the arrest, saying that there were no political motives and a senior US President's adviser Donald Trump denied that it was connected to the trade talks between China and the United States.
Anger in China for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou of Huawei
But the Chinese media have launched the move as an assault on the development of the country's high-tech industry.
"The Chinese government should seriously rebuke the US tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress Chinese high-tech enterprises," the Global Times nationalist tabloid said in an editorial.
"Obviously, Washington is resorting to a despicable thief approach as it can not stop the progress of Huawei's 5Gs on the market," he said.
The China Daily warned that "containing Huawei's expansion is detrimental to the ties between China and the United States".
The US authorities have not disclosed the allegations that followed following the ban on publication wanted by Meng.
But "one thing that is undoubtedly true and proven is that the United States is trying to do everything possible to contain the expansion of Huawei in the world, simply because the company is the reference point for the competitive technology companies of the China, "said China Daily.
If you give the bail on Friday, Meng will probably have to issue the bail with "a multi-million dollar guarantee," said Vancouver lawyer Gary Botting, who has experience with extradition cases. He would also have to give up his passport, he said.
It could also be equipped with electronic monitoring equipment, and the court could go so far as to order security to control it while awaiting a decision on extradition, the lawyers said.
If Meng fights extradition, his case could go on for years, lawyers said, pointing to examples like Lai Changxing, a Chinese businessman who fled to Canada after being involved in a corruption case and having fought extradition in China for 12 years.
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If he chooses not to fight, he may be in the United States within a few weeks, experts say.
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At the heart of Meng's detention is the debate on the use of advanced technology by China to improve its IT industry competing with the United States.
Although the Chinese technology sector is still dependent on certain US exports such as microchips, Beijing wants to turn the country into a global technology leader – with a technological ability that competes with the United States – in a defined plan "Made in China 2025 ".
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Huawei is one of the largest telecommunications equipment and services providers in the world. Its products are used by carriers all over the world, including in Europe and Africa.
But its activities in the United States have been strictly limited by concerns that could weaken American competitors and that its mobile phones and network equipment, widely used in other countries, could provide Beijing with espionage routes.
Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain followed the example this year by rejecting some of the company's services for security reasons.
Japan also plans to ban the government's use of telecommunications products produced by Huawei and the Chinese technology company ZTE, reported yesterday by Japanese media Yomiuri Shimbun.
Users of Chinese social media have criticized Meng's arrest on Weibo, the Twitter-like Chinese platform, where online trolls sometimes deliberately incite nationalist fervor or pro-government positions.
Some users have considered the incident as part of the trade war and a wider conspiracy to keep China's technological development low.
"One of the most important reasons why the US started the trade war was to attack the Chinese technology industry and its" Made in China 2025 "plan, a Weibo user wrote.
The goal is to keep China stuck in "low-end industries and force China to the middle income trap".
The detention of Meng seems to be a "game of politics", wrote another user.
At the start of this year, ZTE nearly collapsed after Washington banned US companies from selling crucial hardware and software for seven years, even though the ban was lifted after it agreed to pay a billion of dollars.
Some analysts say that Meng's arrest could be used as an exchange currency, but the White House commercial adviser, Peter Navarro, denied that it was related to trade negotiations between the United States and China.
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"The two problems are completely separate," Navarro told CNN.
But CNN, citing an unnamed official, claimed that the United States saw the arrest as a lever for trade negotiations.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also denied "any political involvement or interference" in Meng's arrest.
"I can assure everyone that we are a country (with) an independent judiciary system," Trudeau said at a technical conference in Montreal.
Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said he knew that Canada was planning to arrest Meng, but refused to discuss specifics of the case.