Quote of the week

“The case of Huawei is one of the manifestations of the U.S. using its power to push China back, and that’s why I don’t think it’s unintentional. It’s also a reflection of how Trump has broken away with the policy of containing China and trying to bring it to the international system, in place since Kissinger. Trump has taken a very different stand. A much more aggressive one. And I believe this is wrong and dangerous, because it reinforces part of the Chinese system which is more nationalistic and inward looking. More Middle Kingdom-like. And a more aggressive U.S. can create a more aggressive China in a chain reaction that would be bad for all.” (Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in an interview with the South China Morning Post, December 12, 2018.)