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Trump is playing into China’s hands by politicizing extradition case
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Trump is playing into China’s hands by politicizing extradition case

With the retaliatory arrest of two Canadian nationals and an ongoing extradition case involving a Chinese tech company executive, author Michael Fuchs argues that U.S. President Donald Trump must stand by democratic norms and avoid politicization—or risk playing right into China's hands.

China is in the midst of a massive propaganda campaign highlighting 40 years of “reform and opening”. But China today more closely resembles the Hotel California – you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

That’s the takeaway from the unjust arrests of two Canadian nationals – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – by China’s state security services. But the story goes much deeper, into the widespread crackdown on anything perceived as a threat to the Chinese Communist party (CCP), and what it means for America and its democratic allies.

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Michael Fuchs

Senior Fellow