So here we have another illustration of the fading power of the American Empire.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is released safe and sound back home to China.
It’s clear that the United States is no longer able to unilaterally act as an international bandit whenever it likes.
It was highly unusual for the prosecution to be directed at the chief finance officer personally and not at the corporation itself, a huge clue as to the real intention of her arrest.
Last year, Airbus agreed to pay $4bn in penalties to resolve a bribery case and in 2015, Deutsche Bank was fined $258m for violating Iran and Syria related sanctions. But no executives were detained in either case.
So China has realised that the only way to stand up to a bully is to defend yourself forcefully.
Eventually no one is going to be left to play with the classroom bully.