oldephartte (oldephartte) wrote,

Do you think Canada is right to stand up to China's bullying tactics?

Erica Wong
Erica Wong, studied Political Science & International Relations at Tsinghua University

I think Canadian politicians and the Canadian people need to sit down and think a great deal about their next move.

I am dismayed that the typical Canadian attitude towards this whole situation is that there appears to be absolutely no room in their minds that maybe, just maybe, Canada has done something wrong here. The opinion that there is a separation of judiciary and executive branches and that the Chinese couldn’t possibly understand that is the only thought that is permitted. Some of this is starting to border on out-and-out racism.

I’m encouraged to see a number (albeit a very small number) of people talking who have a little more insight.

Please read carefully what one of your own is saying:

Why former foreign minister John Manley thinks Canada botched Huawei affair | CBC Radio

Or the noted American Economist Jeffrey Sachs:

The U.S., not China, is the real threat to international rule of law

Now consider how highly unusual the extradition request from the U.S. is and even if you know nothing of the history of Huawei’s treatment at the hands of the U.S. over the last decade please acknowledge that something isn’t quite normal about this. Is it so hard for you to believe that the U.S. is doing this on political grounds? Now that Trump has removed any doubt of this, you still think this is acceptable?

If you do extradite Meng to the United States you’re sending her to a country where the President has stated unequivocally that there is NO separation of the judiciary and the executive, she is simply a pawn to be used in a bigger deal. How does Canada justify that? You wouldn’t extradite anyone to China for precisely this reason.

There were a number of ways Canada could have avoided this situation and Manley’s is one of a number.

I’m also surprised to see so many Canadians who don’t understand just how much this has angered both the Chinese people and the Chinese government or don’t care. It seems very clear to me that Canadians, on the whole, know nothing of China and have no idea what Huawei represents to China or have any clue of the hatchet job the Americans are attempting on the company.

Is the timing of the arrest of the two Canadians a coincidence? Of course not. Undoubtedly they will have broken a Chinese law, but clearly, a message is being sent. Should Canada push back? Yes, it probably should. But in a relationship that just a week ago was quite positive, it’s quite astounding how quickly things have changed and I don’t believe China will be as willing to help Canada any longer, but lecturing should certainly be expected.

This situation is bad for China, it wanted to become closer to Canada, especially with a belligerent U.S. aiming to stop China at all costs. But surely the situation for Canada is now worse. You are now very firmly in bed with that belligerent neighbour and the strategy of trade diversification is in real trouble. This is far from done, both the U.S. and China are going to keep pushing and I suspect the lengths that China is willing to go to will surprise. Then consider what does Canada win if the extradition goes through or if it doesn’t. There’s no upside for Canada.

Trudeau needs to call Xi and they need a real heart-to-heart discussion before this spirals out of control even more.

My read on this situation is that the gap between the two sides presently is vast and the only person who can help bring this to an end is a judge or Donald Trump, how awful is that!

EDIT: Almost two months after I wrote this, I see that the Canadian Minister of Justice has at last admitted that the final decision to extradite will be political in nature. Decision whether to extradite Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou will take political factors into account, new justice minister says | The Star

The Canadian media did an awful job of covering this and continues to do so. On the issue of political considerations being factored into Meng’s extradition, for example, the Canadian media was frankly wrong. A number of articles and certainly comments became quite racist at times. One wonders if Canadians will ever actually learn the whole truth about this affair.

Tags: extradition, huawei, trade war
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