Huawei, one of China’s large computer companies, has been accused of selling US computers to Iran. The US asked and planned with Canada to arrest Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, when she was on route from Hong Kong to Mexico. The arrest occurred on 2018 Dec 01. Shortly after this China arrested two Canadians in China fo “endangering national security”. They have not been heard from since. It is widely understood to be retribution against Canada by China for assisting the US for the arrest.
Abandon All Hope All Ye Canadians Who Enter Here. SCMP
The first arrest was Canadian ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig, detained in China today for unknown reasons. The second Canadian was Michael Spavor, who runs an NGO specializing in tours to North Korea.
Both have not been contacted by the Canadian Consulate, there locations unknown. China has draconian laws that allow for people to disappear for weeks, only to appear when and where the CCP wishes. This is Chinese law. If you wish to live and work in China these are the risks you take. These disappearances can and do occur on a somewhat regular basis. While both are Canadians that are not born in China, the risks are still high. It is even worse for those who are born in China. China does not recognize dual citizenship.
China believes the Huawei arrests are an abduction instigated by the US and done by Canada. It is therefore, in their eyes, morally acceptable to abduct two Canadians in retaliation. This truly shows spitefulness of China’s legal system. We can only hope that these two Canadians are ok and will be released soon. Canada will not be bullied by China. We have laws that do not allow our government to interfere with the judicial system.
Unfortunately for Canada, the US President Trump has hinted that this might be a politically motivated arrest, prompting the Chinese to lash out at Canada. Does the dotard really need to say this? If this arrest is truly politically motivated then Canada should release Meng and not cooperate with the US for further such extraditions. Canada can still refuse the extradition, which will be held before 60 days, or 2018 Feb 28.
“If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump told Reuters in the Oval Office.
China has warned Canada that there will be severe consequences for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Now 2 Canadians have been arrested and sit in jail.