Beijing began investigating US delivery services giant FedEx after it received complaints from users, China’s top postal regulator said, telling foreign operators to safeguard the legitimate interestsof Chinese companies.
But Ma Junsheng, head of the State Post Bureau, did not name Chinese telecoms firm Huawei Technologies or link the investigation to a deepening trade war between China and the United States.
Last week, Huawei accused FedEx of unauthorised re-routing of its packages, saying some had been bound for addresses in Asia, including its offices in China, but had been diverted to the US. FedEx apologised on its Chinese social media account for the mistransportation of the Huawei shipments, saying they were re-routed in error but that there was no external pressure to do so.
Result of the Investigation
The investigation into FedEx can help maintain order in the Chinese delivery industry, safeguard Chinese customers’ legitimate rights, and help to ensure the safety and economic security of China’s national postal service.
Wang Shouwen, China’s vice-minister for commerce who is involved in trade talks with the US, on Sunday said there was too much being read into the FedEx investigation.
The investigation was launched soon after China’s Ministry of Commerce said it would blacklist “
unreliable foreign organisations, companies and individuals deemed to have harmed Chinese business interests, taken discriminatory measures against them, or endangered national security. The ministry has yet to say what measures it will take against foreign entities on the list.
Some analysts see the investigation into FedEx as an escalation of trade and technology tensions between China and the US after Washington put Huawei on a blacklist last month. But the Chinese government has not made any link between the investigation and Huawei, or the trade war.
China had not mentioned Huawei in relation to the investigation or made any connection to the US authorities because the Chinese government is waiting for, and will respect, the investigation result.
The editorial added that the investigation into FedEx was not a signal that Beijing would target the Chinese operations of US businesses in general.