China's embassy in Canada on Thursday demanded the immediate release of Chinese national Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested by Canadian police at the request of the US, even though she hasn't violated any US or Canadian laws, calling the move a serious violation of human rights. pic.twitter.com/wM5HqFrjde
Lawyers for indicted Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou put a new spin on an old Rodney Dangerfield joke on Tuesday when they offered to pledge both of Meng's multimillion dollar homesas well as her husband (and her children) as collateral should the executive be granted bail.
Yes, you read that right:
HUAWEI CFO'S LAWYER PLEDGES HUSBAND PLUS 4 OTHERS AS SURETIES
Meng's lawyer also agreed that their client would wear an ankle bracelet while free on bail.
The Chinese government threatened both Canada and the U.S. with “grave consequences” if Meng was not immediately released from detention. Its threats have been supported and amplified by Chinese state-run media and on Chinese social media. Boycotts of Apple products and Canada Goose down coats are spreading in China. Most dramatically, a Canadian think-tank scholar and diplomat, Michael Kovrig appears to have been detained in Beijingon murky charges of endangering Chinese state security.
Meng is being charged with bank fraud, rather than violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. It is likely that Meng will be charged by the U.S. with violating the bank fraud statute,18 U.S.C. § 1344, which criminalizes any attempt “to defraud a financial institution,” or obtain funds from a “financial institution, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises.” According to reports describing the U.S. affidavit, Meng is alleged to have personally made a presentation to HSBC claiming that a company doing business with Iran was not controlled by Huawei in violation of U.S. sanctions. If Meng knowingly misled HSBC in order to get some financial benefit or support, this would likely violate the statute—a breach that carries a possible 30-year jail sentence or $1 million fine.
It is worth noting that bank fraud prosecutions are not rare in the U.S. The Justice Department’s web page isfilled with press releasesabout numerous bank fraud convictions.
But does it even attempt to answer the question “...Why Doesn’t the U.S. Say So?”* Considering that this administration is not shy about forcefully pushing back in far less justifiable situations, it’s odd.
*Yes, I’m aware that editors write headlines, not authors, but still...
We need to understand that China behaves the way it does because it works. This is enabled by a chorus of advisers in the West who don’t seem particularly discomfited by how China treats people at home or abroad. The global consulting firm McKinsey, whose bullish line on China is avidly consumed by our own government, recently held a lavish retreat for its executives in Xinjiang, in China’s far west, ground zero for the country’s repression of its Muslim Uyghurs...
they all connect to a larger narrative that is finally taking hold, one that concedes that China is an increasingly irresponsible power and partner, one that feigns compliance with international norms only when it is convenient to do so.
I have recently heard a word repeatedly pronounced by some Canadians: bullying. They said that by arresting two Canadian citizens as retaliation for Canada’s detention of Meng, China was bullying Canada. To those people, China’s self-defence is an offence to Canada. If someone slaps you on your left cheek, give him your right cheek, they told us. But I have never seen them doing as they said.
That's a pretty blunt message. I am curious how Canadians will take such a move.
They said that by arresting two Canadian citizens as retaliation for Canada’s detention of Meng, China was bullying Canada. To those people, China’s self-defence is an offence to Canada. If someone slaps you on your left cheek, give him your right cheek, they told us. But I have never seen them doing as they said.
Isn’t that what just happened?
2 Canadians detained = 2 Cheeks with no retaliatory detentions by Canada
I have recently heard a word repeatedly pronounced by some Canadians: bullying
Although Jesus suggested turning the other cheek, he didn’t say you had to hold your tongue...
there can be no doubt Beijing is using the threat of death to a Canadian citizen to interfere in Canada’s internal judicial affairs to try to get the Huawei CFO Meng released…this is so stupid on so many levels by Beijing, but this is how the Party rolls inside China and it sees no reason to act differently outside the PRC borders…
I am not sure these bully tactics are going to work in the West.
Canada and China - who know these two would become so heated.
Latest round - China’s envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa there would be repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks, the latest blast in a deepening bilateral dispute...
“If the Canadian government does ban Huawei from participating in the 5G network, then as for what kind of repercussion there will be, I’m not sure, but I believe there will be repercussions,” Lu said through an interpreter, urging Ottawa to “make a wise decision on this issue”.
China's Ambassador to Canada with more fuel to the fire, saying Canada's detaining of Huawei's CFO is a 'backstabbing':
“In China, we have a saying that a good friend would die for his friend, would shield the knife attack of a friend, but in this case, we feel it is completely the opposite," Mr. Lu said. “It is backstabbing.”
There is another saying in China. Do as you are told or we will arrest you. This works quite well in China, not so much in the free world. I hope China keeps on talking so more people wake up to who they really are.
China Foreign ministry contradicts China Ambassador to Canada:
The Chinese government appears to be distancing itself from remarks made by its ambassador to Canada, saying Beijing has no plans to retaliate against Ottawa if it blocks the installation of fifth-generation cellular technology made by Huawei.
SCMP report follow-up says "China warned on Tuesday that it will take action against the United States and Canada if Washington goes ahead with a demand for the extradition of a senior Huawei executive."
One, political involvement by comments from [US President] Donald Trump in her case. Two, there’s an extraterritorial aspect to her case, and three, there’s the issue of Iran sanctions which are involved in her case, and Canada does not sign on to these Iran sanctions. So I think she has some strong arguments that she can make before a judge
This has caused political debate in Canada:
The opposition Tories accused McCallum of possible “political interference” in the case and of discrediting the extradition process.
It’s a setback and an unfortunate setback. It undermines that Canada is playing this by the book
Mulroney said giving advice to a judge is completely inappropriate when the government has been saying that Meng’s extradition is up to judicial authorities.
Canada, being a henchman for the US and abiding by the so-called extradition treaty between the US and Canada, persecutes senior executives of Chinese companies regardless of international law and friendly ties with China. How can Canada be detached from the case if Meng is extradited?
It is expected that if Meng is extradited to the US, Canada will face a severe backlash from China that puts bilateral ties in jeopardy.
In one of the newly unsealed indictments, the U.S. alleged Huawei, its finance chief and other employees worked over the years to deceive multiple global banks and the U.S. government about its business in Iran. The superseding indictment, returned last week, charged Huawei and two affiliates with bank fraud, violations of U.S. sanctions and conspiracy to obstruct justice related to the grand jury investigation....
Huawei offered bonuses to employees who were successful in stealing confidential information from other companies, U.S. prosecutors alleged, adding that the alleged conspiracy against T-Mobile wasn’t limited to rogue employees but a companywide endeavor.
A Huawei executive is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force, alleging that they detained, searched and interrogated her before informing her she was under arrest.
So inside China, the CPC can abduct anyone they want, torture them any way they desire, and tell every other country to mind their own business. But in Canada...
When Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the U.S. on a Dec. 1 stopover at Vancouver International Airport, they seized her iPhone 7 Plus, a MacBook Air and an iPad Pro, according to a court filing Friday.
The two Michaels who were detained in China have also been released, and I believe are back in Canada now, after over 1000 days in Chinese prison. Supposedly unrelated and not a retaliatory arresting. One was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison (in China). But now that Meng is free, so are the Michaels.