How Chinese Theft Becomes a Global Menace

How Chinese Theft Becomes a Global Menace
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Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, will almost certainly try to negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, which announced criminal charges against the company late last month. As many have pointed out, China's most well-known and important tech business would be better off agreeing to a plea arrangement.

Yet what's good for Huawei is not necessarily good for the United States. Washington's better move would be to forgo plea negotiations, go to trial, and seek the maximum penalties, even if that means the company goes out of business. The U.S.—and the world—would be better off with one fewer criminal enterprise whose operations are directed by a hostile power.

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