The Huawei case also smells.
The company was the world’s largest maker of smartphones and a dominant leader in 5G networks, but the Trump administration and other Western governments suspected it was using its equipment to spy for China.
Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder, was indicted by a US grand jury on charges that included stealing trade secrets, obstructing a criminal investigation and helping Iran avoid US sanctions.
Those are serious charges, and others were added later against the company and other executives.
And now Joe Biden suddenly pulls the plug as a bid to improve relations. Why this case, and what about his promise never to tamper with the Justice Department?
In fact, this is at least the second time Biden has given China a free pass with no visible reciprocation. Notice how the talk that the coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab suddenly died down after an intelligence review said it couldn’t be certain either way.