December 9, 2018
There is so much goofy, diabolical yiddishness going on these days, it is difficult to say anything is the goofiest thing yet.
Kidnapping a major Chinese business magnate on the exact same day that Trump and Xi agree to trade talks. It’s just incredible, the nerve of these “deep state” people.
China summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is being held in Vancouver last Saturday and faces extradition to the U.S., where she could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign Ministry’s website said that Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng called in Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the Meng’s holding, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.
Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns over its ties to the Chinese government. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.
Le told McCallum that Meng’s detention at the request of the United States while transferring flights in Vancouver was a “severe violation” of her “legitimate rights and interests.”
Arresting someone in transit is a big deal.
There are all these various international laws that protect people in transit.
Kidnapping a major Chinese business person for violating a dictate on international trade, which the US government feels it has the right to force on the entire planet, is extreme enough, but doing the kidnapping in transit makes it all the more bold.
“Such a move ignores the law and is unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature,” Le said in the statement.
“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” Le said.
A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to Meng, whose case is shaking up U.S.-China relations and worrying global financial markets.
Meng, also the daughter of Huawei’s founder, was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport Dec. 1 – the same day that Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping of China agreed over dinner to a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that threatens to disrupt global commerce.
Imagine the coincidence!
What are the chances???
The U.S. alleges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in Iran.
The surprise arrest raises doubts about whether the trade truce will hold and whether the world’s two biggest economies can resolve the complicated issues that divide them.
Canadian prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley said in a court hearing Friday that a warrant had been issued for Meng’s arrest in New York Aug. 22. He said Meng, arrested en route to Mexico from Hong Kong, was aware of the investigation and had been avoiding the United States for months, even though her teenage son goes to school in Boston.
Gibb-Carsley alleged that Huawei had done business in Iran through a Hong Kong company called Skycom. Meng, he said, had misled U.S. banks into thinking that Huawei and Skycom were separate when, in fact, “Skycom was Huawei.” Meng has contended that Huawei sold Skycom in 2009.
This is just an open flex of muscles by the people who actually run the US government.
“Experts” are warning China may “take hostages.”
James Lewis, the director of technology policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Axios the U.S. should be prepared for a backlash and warned American tech executives to steer clear of China for now.
“If I was an American tech executive, I wouldn’t travel to China this week,” warned Lewis, who labeled Huawei “one of the Chinese government’s pet companies” and charged the communist country’s leaders wouldn’t be afraid to “take hostages.”
But what is Meng if not a hostage?
This stuff about dealings with Iran is nonsensical. China is a sovereign country. I get that she had US bank accounts, but that does not in any way justify this bizarre, aggressive action.
And the timing of it – even entertaining the idea that this could be a coincidence is completely insane. Trump’s strategy was working, so someone, somewhere, decided to screw him.
I think he should come out and denounce the arrest, and ask for her to be released. That would be bold. And it does make him look weak on the global stage.
But what the hell else can he do?
Every world leader already understands he doesn’t have control of the government. So calling it out as actively working against him might actually increase his ability to fight against this hidden power.
China is 1000% justified in being angry.
Everyone should be angry about this.