Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Meng Wanzhou Still on the Hook. Extradition Proceeds.

Will China up the pressure on Canada after today's decision from the B.C. Supreme Court finding that the bank fraud charge against Huawei's Meng Wanzhou is an extraditable charge.
In the months since Meng's arrest, China has repeatedly expressed anger at Canada for arresting Meng. 
The Chinese government has targeted Canadian canola and meat imports.

And within days of Meng's arrest, authorities detained two Canadians who were living and working in China, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor.
The associate Chief Justice of the B.C.S.C., Heather Holmes, still has to rule on alleged abuses of Meng's rights during here arrest.

Chinese authorities were quick to express their displeasure.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called for Meng's release again Tuesday, insisting the dispute was political, not legal. 
"The Canadian side should immediately correct its mistake, release Ms. Meng and ensure her safe return to China at an early date so as to avoid any continuous harm to China-Canada relations," Zhao said in a news conference.
Trump has already said that he might release Meng if China plays ball on their trade dispute.


Toby said...

It amazes me that we are stuck in this mess. Doesn't anyone in this government have an imagination?

Years ago I was boarding a plane when a guy ahead of me was discovered with a gun. A couple of Mounties quickly materialized, confiscated the gun and escorted said guy to his seat. When the door opened in SeaTac a pair of burly Seattle cops took him. The thing that impressed me is that there were no lawyers and no politicians involved. There's probably no paper trail. Neat. Done.

Couldn't someone slip Meng a key to the Ankle Bracelet? The thing probably has parts made in China. Maybe she likes Vancouver. Would returning to China be a problem for her?

The Disaffected Lib said...

I'm sure the Chinese would be delighted to have her home. That wouldn't mean they would be finished with us, however. That "Century of Humiliation" business still runs pretty deep with Beijing.