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‘Boy Scout’ Canada caught in a nasty fight between two superpowers

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Two predictions made by some old China hands immediately after the arrest of Huawei’s No 2 Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada have turned out to be wide of the mark. One is that it will throw Beijing off-balance by complicating its unwanted trade war with the United States. Another is that it will be open season on American executives in China.

Instead, a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, has been detained on the mainland. That makes good sense from Beijing’s perspective.

Wall Street and the American tech giants are among the most vocal opponents of US President Donald Trump’s trade war. Top executives from such high-powered financial firms as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Blackstone have been openly working as go-betweens for Beijing and Washington in an effort to moderate both sides’........

© South China Morning Post