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Beijing Threatens “Severe” Retaliation Against Canada If Huawei CFO Is Not Released

China’s warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony.

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Canada’s extraordinary arrest one week ago of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder and billionaire executive Ren Zhengfei, and its decision to charge her with “multiple” counts of fraud – a preamble to her likely extradition to the US to face charges of knowingly violating US and EU sanctions on Iran – has elicited widespread anger in Beijing, which declared Meng’s detention a “violation of human rights” during a bail hearing for the jailed executive on Friday.

That anger has apparently only intensified after the hearing adjourned without a decision (it will resume on Monday, allowing Meng’s defense team to argue for why she should be released on bail, contrary to the wishes of government attorneys who are prosecuting the case).

And with Canada insisting that it will prosecute Meng to the full extent of the law over allegations that she mislead banks about the true relationship of a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom, angry Chinese officials have decided to issue an ultimatum directly to the Canadian ambassador, who was summoned to a meeting in Beijing on Saturday and told in no uncertain terms that Canada will face “severe consequences” if Meng isn’t released, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China’s foreign ministry publicized the warning in a statement (though Canadian officials have yet to comment):

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, on Saturday to deliver the warning, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The statement doesn’t mention the name of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, though it refers to a Huawei “principal” taken into custody at U.S. request while changing planes in Vancouver, as was Ms. Meng. The statement accuses Canada of “severely violating the legal, legitimate rights of a Chinese citizen” and demands the person’s release.

“Otherwise there will be severe consequences, and Canada must bear the full responsibility,” said the statement, which was posted online late Saturday.

Phone calls to the Canadian Embassy rang unanswered while the Canadian government’s global affairs media office didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment.

The warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony. A federal judge issued a warrant for Meng’s arrest back in August. Though after she was made aware of the warrant, Meng avoided travel to the US. She was arrested in Vancouver last Saturday while traveling to Mexico.

Aside from breaking off trade talks, some are worried that Beijing could seek to retaliate in kind by arresting a notable US executive. While the threats of Chinese bureaucrats might not amount to much in the eyes of US prosecutors, threatening a US executive with long-term detention in a Chinese “reeducation camp” just might.

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Arrest at least one corporate American and a traveling Canadian citizen now, for any obscure reason at all, please, today. The entire planet has to isolate and cut-off the USA from all interactions with all other nations for any chance for the continuing survival of any life on earth. Something overwhelming and extreme is required to destroy the USA from within and without.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Empires come…empires go. Too bad that the American “empire” is taking so long to implode – causing so much pain and misery all over the globe.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

If China and Russia would just get on that gold standard it would end up causing “something overwhelming and extreme” to the west. The Trump administration, by its stupid actions, seem to be pushing for that event.

Informed
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Informed

Absolutely I couldn’t agree more. The psychopaths at the deep state must be destroyed at all cost

MIke
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MIke

There is no obscure reason here as everything is lay down in public view pal… Its time for China to stop hiding their manigances and play with the same rules as everyone else!

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Get real….Canada kisses the ass of the debt money bankers and will do nothing to free her.

MIke
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MIke

No, Canada follows the law where China modifies the law to fit their needs. Politician in Canada have no influence whatsoever on the legal side unlike China and the CP that controls all courts of law in China. At least if anyone gets arrested in Canada they can expect justice to be fair unlike in China!

JPH
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JPH

Bolton being aware and this NSA not really sure whether his president was aware while sitting in trade truce talks with China…Looks like a neocon setup.

Guy
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Guy

I would not be surprised at all by anything that the failing empire is doing these days .They love making noise don’t they . Once the toilet is flushed there is no turning back , down it goes.

fred
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fred

the death throws of a dying beest

JPH
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JPH

Guess Being is aware that preventing extradition is a much better option for all the parties involved than exerting pressure after extradition. After extradition US pride (and hubris) gets involved…you know that’s the kind of lack of common sense which led to Iraq, Libya and 17 years in Afghanistan and counting.

Platon
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Platon

It is the kind of pride that led to WW1.

TEP
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TEP

I think it’s “exceptional arrogance” rather than pride.

Ray Joseph Cormier
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What’s on my mind? Trying to make sense of this reason I just read in The Toronto Star for the US request CanaDa arrest the Chinese Executive. “The U.S. authorities allege Meng committed fraud by telling an HSBC executive her company was in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran limiting communication technology. The meeting took place in 2013, but the location was not revealed.” I know it’s a crime to lie to the FBI, but even if she did lie to an Executive of the British Bank, not a US Bank, outside the US, there is no US Law against… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

THis is Ukro-Fascist Soros’ dwarf’s pet project. Turdeau would not ‘get it’ even if he was not passed out with his bong.
Freeland, the FM of Canada is setting herself up to take control of Canada for Soros. If this fails, its Turdeau’s fault. If it succeeds, which is impossible by any sane understanding of the word, it will be to her credit

Platon
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Platon

“I know it’s a crime to lie to the FBI”
In the same sense as it would be to lie to the Mafia or to ISIS. In other words, in no sense at all, but probably hazardous to your health and freedom.

fred
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fred

exposed Trump as an unreliable, untrustworthy negotiator and Face of America.
everybody already knew the US is not to be trusted

rmm
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rmm

Well, perhaps the time for Dr. MLK Jr’s prophecy has come:he heard God saying to America:
“You’re too arrogant! If you don’t change your ways, I shall rise up and break the backbone of your power – and give it to a nation that doesn’t even know My name.”
Communist China is officially atheistic = “doesn’t even know God’s name.”
America has not mended her ways since the time of MLK. Indeed, she got more and more arrogant. Therefore, backbone-breaking time is upon her, I should say.

7.62x54R
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MLK was not a messiah. He was an Ivy Leaguer tool used for societal deconstructive miscegenation of the American white middle classes. Mission accomplished.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

To China. For the safety of all non-nationalised Chinese citizens in America and Canada as well as all rights and assets China own in the US and Canada, withdraw all that is yours and advise your travellers and diaspora of the risks of staying in the US and Canada. Let’s see how the US and Canada function without anything Chinese.

Win
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Win

5 Eyes at work here. Add Australia, New Zealand and the UK to that list.

rmm
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rmm

Sound advice.

MIke
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MIke

Yes, Canada should kick-out all Chinese and keep their properties. Its their fault if nobody can buy a house in Vancouver anymore!

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Canada should stop being the Yanks’ lap dog. Let the Americans do the dirty work themselves. Canada is not the all-around maid…or is it?

Platon
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Platon

Incompetent, Ukro-Fascist dwarf, Foreign Minister of Canada is consulting with her master, George Soros. Why should she answer the phone? (Chrystia Freeland revealed proudly that she has been hand-picked by Soros as his Official Biographer.) She did not reveal that she has an apartment on the Maidan in Nulandistan and that her grandfather was the Nazi Editor for the Germans of a hate-inciting newspaper for The occupied Ukraine.) Trudeau has almost no understanding of anything and nothing to do with this except in the sense of full culpability. The Foreign Minister is in charge of Canada. Or rather, through her,… Read more »

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

This amounts to state sanctioned kidnapping by a country that self-professes to ‘champion human rights’.

Platon
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Platon

All US ‘claims’ are fabricated and vetted by Elon Muskrat.

Guy
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Guy

Christopher Black is representing Ms Meng in Canada.
https://www.journal-neo.org/2018/12/08/canada-takes-a-hostage-free-meng-wanzhou/
The request for the pending extradition is not legal under international law given the reasons for same by the US .If it happens then it becomes political .The next move will be for China in it’s relations with Canada, which have mostly been very good until now .We will see what Trudeau and or Canadian law is made of.

jmg
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jmg

Yes, in your linked article they say:

“The pretext for her arrest is that Huawei has violated US sanctions against Iran. But the “sanctions” imposed on Iran by the US recently are illegal under international law, that is under the UN Charter that stipulates that only the Security Council can impose economic sanctions on a nation. The latest American sanctions are not approved by the Security Council. Sanctions imposed unilaterally by one nation against another are not legal and are violation of international law.”

Ray Joseph Cormier
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Maybe there’s a method to Trump’s madness?

If he crashes the Global-US Economy, which already happened with the Global Financial Meltdown-Economic Pearl Harbour in 2008, with the Social Chaos that would result, Trump could assume the Dictatorial Powers buried deep in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Just like Porky Poroshenko in Ukraine 🙂

Lennart Mogren
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Nobody seems to touch on the real reason for attacking Huawei which
“is that the Chinese firm uses a system of encryption that prevents the NSA from intercepting its communications. A number of governments and secret services in the non-Western world have begun to equip themselves exclusively with Huawei materials, and are doing so to protect the confidentiality of their communications.”
It’s a weak dog barking.

Lennart Mogren
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Platon
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Platon

Blackberry, one of the most successful Canadian companies ever, was killed by the Ottawa regime on orders from the CIA.
It was secure.
That is treason and industrial sabotage, by the entity that calls itself the Canadian Government.

In theory no operatives of Ottawa are any longer protected by National or International law. This case simply reaffirms that truth.

rmm
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rmm

Good point. Wonder how C. Black missed that…

Blue Pilgrim
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Blue Pilgrim

If Trump did not know this was going down he should fire Bolton and those others involved in this clandestine operation, for usurping his foreign policy prerogatives, charge them with subversion and kidnapping, issue a full pardon for anything Meng might have done, and apologize to her and to China. Let Trudeau hang in the wind. (If anyone makes so much trouble for him as to be a threat to national security, he has the legal power to drone or otherwise assassinate them, after all, American citizen or not — happens all the time, and an attempted coup of the… Read more »

fred
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fred

the legal power to drone or otherwise assassinate them,
a power the US gave to themselves

Blue Pilgrim
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Blue Pilgrim

Yes. Internationally it’s just murder, of course, and counter to the US constitution as well. But they just kidnapped Meng, by international law, and unconstitutionally I would think. These all just lawless acts of gangsters, which is the habit of the US, including Trump. The Clintons and the rest are about the same, and nearly as bad as in Ukraine, and much of the West: last stages of the end of empire and fascist plutocracy. I expect China, Russia, and a few other countries are intensively planning a devastating, even if not immediately obvious, response to this. It’s a watershed… Read more »

Czar
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Czar

Chinese are seen as weak hence the constant provocations from western nations.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Its time for China to dump hundreds of billions of US Treasury Bills then I think.
The Chinese people are able to cope with some hardship, whereas the American people are not and the result would be civil war in the US 🙂

fred
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fred

threatening a US executive
just one? what about 10
and kick the canadian ambassador out

TEP
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TEP

A ‘tit for tat’ response from China, whilst unsavoury, may be the only workable response. Anything less and the neocons will proceed with their bullying, anything more and it escalates to seriously harm them both. I agree with a previous comment – the target at this point needs to be Canada, i.e. pre-extradition.

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President Putin signs law blocking fake news, but the West makes more

Western media slams President Putin and his fake news law, accusing him of censorship, but an actual look at the law reveals some wisdom.

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The TASS Russian News Agency reported on March 18th that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new law intended to block distorted or untrue information being reported as news. Promptly after he did so, Western news organizations began their attempt to “spin” this event as some sort of proof of “state censorship” in the oppressive sense of the old Soviet Union. In other words, a law designed to prevent fake news was used to create more fake news.

One of the lead publications is a news site that is itself ostensibly a “fake news” site. The Moscow Times tries to portray itself as a Russian publication that is conducted from within Russian borders. However, this site and paper is really a Western publication, run by a Dutch foundation located in the Netherlands. As such, the paper and the website associated have a distinctly pro-West slant in their reporting. Even Wikipedia noted this with this comment from their entry about the publication:

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis, The Moscow Times was criticized by a number of journalists including Izvestia columnist Israel Shamir, who in December 2014 called it a “militant anti-Putin paper, a digest of the Western press with extreme bias in covering events in Russia”.[3] In October 2014 The Moscow Times made the decision to suspend online comments after an increase in offensive comments. The paper said it disabled comments for two reasons—it was an inconvenience for its readers as well as being a legal liability, because under Russian law websites are liable for all content, including user-generated content like comments.[14]

This bias is still notably present in what is left of the publication, which is now an online-only news source. This is some of what The Moscow Times had to say about the new fake news legislation:

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

Insulting state symbols and the authorities, including Putin, will carry a fine of up to 300,000 rubles and 15 days in jail for repeat offenses.

As is the case with other Russian laws, the fines are calculated based on whether the offender is a citizen, an official or a legal entity.

More than 100 journalists and public figures, including human rights activist Zoya Svetova and popular writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, signed a petition opposing the laws, which they labeled “direct censorship.”

This piece does give a bit of explanation from Dmitry Peskov, showing that European countries also have strict laws governing fake news distribution. However, the Times made the point of pointing out the idea of “insulting governmental bodies of Russia… including Putin” to bolster their claim that this law amounts to real censorship of the press. It developed its point of view based on a very short article from Reuters which says even less about the legislation and how it works.

However, TASS goes into rather exhaustive detail about this law, and it also gives rather precise wording on the reason for the law’s passage, as well as how it is to be enforced. We include most of this text here, with emphases added:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking untrue and distorting information (fake news). The document was posted on the government’s legal information web portal.

The document supplements the list of information, the access to which may be restricted on the demand by Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies. In particular, it imposes a ban on “untrue publicly significant information disseminated in the media and in the Internet under the guise of true reports, which creates a threat to the life and (or) the health of citizens, property, a threat of the mass violation of public order and (or) public security, or the threat of impeding or halting the functioning of vital infrastructural facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit institutions, energy, industrial or communications facilities.”

Pursuant to the document, in case of finding such materials in Internet resources registered in accordance with the Russian law on the mass media as an online media resource, Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies will request the media watchdog Roskomnadzor to restrict access to the corresponding websites.

Based on this request, Roskomnadzor will immediately notify the editorial board of the online media resource, which is in violation of the legislation, about the need to remove untrue information and the media resource will be required to delete such materials immediately. If the editorial board fails to take the necessary measures, Roskomnadzor will send communications operators “a demand to take measures to restrict access to the online resource.”

In case of deleting such untrue information, the website owner will notify Roskomnadzor thereof, following which the media watchdog will “hold a check into the authenticity of this notice” and immediately inform the communications operator about the resumption of the access to the information resource.
The conditions for the law are very specific, as are the penalties for breaking it. TASS continued:

Liability for breaching the law

Simultaneously, the Federation Council approved the associated law with amendments to Russia’s Code of Administrative Offences, which stipulates liability in the form of penalties of up to 1.5 million rubles (around $23,000) for the spread of untrue and distorting information.

The Code’s new article, “The Abuse of the Freedom of Mass Information,” stipulates liability for disseminating “deliberately untrue publicly significant information” in the media or in the Internet. The penalty will range from 30,000 rubles ($450) to 100,000 rubles ($1,520) for citizens, from 60,000 rubles ($915) to 200,000 rubles ($3,040) for officials and from 200,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles ($7,620) for corporate entities with the possible confiscation of the subject of the administrative offence.

Another element of offence imposes tighter liability for the cases when the publication of false publicly significant information has resulted in the deaths of people, has caused damage to the health or property, prompted the mass violation of public order and security or has caused disruption to the functioning of transport or social infrastructure facilities, communications, energy and industrial facilities and banks. In such instances, the fines will range from 300,000 rubles to 400,000 rubles ($6,090) for citizens, from 600,000 rubles to 900,000 rubles ($13,720) for officials, and from 1 million rubles to 1.5 million rubles for corporate entities.

While this legislation can be spun (and is) in the West as anti-free speech, one may also consider the damage that has taken place in the American government through a relentless attack of fake news from most US news outlets against President Trump. One of the most notable effects of this barrage has been to further degrade and destroy the US’ relationship with the Russian Federation, because even the Helsinki Summit was attacked so badly that the two leaders have not been able to get a second summit together.

While it is certainly a valued right of the American press to be unfettered by Congress, and while it is also certainly vital to criticize improper practices by government officials, the American news agencies have gone far past that, to deliberately dishonest attacks, based in innuendo and everything possible that was formerly only the province of gossip tabloid publications. The effort has been to defame the President, not to give proper or due criticism to his policies, nor credit. It can be properly stated that the American press has abused its freedom of late.

This level of abuse drew a very unusual comment from the US president, who wondered on Twitter about the possibility of creating a state-run media center in the US to counter fake news:

Politically correct for US audiences? No. But an astute point?

Definitely.

Freedom in anything also presumes that those with that freedom respect it, and further, that they respect and apply the principle that slandering people and institutions for one’s own personal, business or political gain is wrong. Implied in the US Constitution’s protection of the press is the notion that the press itself, as the rest of the country, is accountable to a much Higher Authority than the State. But when that Authority is rejected, as so much present evidence suggests, then freedom becomes the freedom to misbehave and to agitate. It appears largely within this context that the Russian law exists, based on the text given.

Further, by hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook, rather than prison sentences, the law appears to be very smart in its message: “Do not lie. If you do, you will suffer where it counts most.”

Considering that news media’s purpose is to make money, this may actually be a very smart piece of legislation.

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The mainstream news media has traded informing the public for indoctrinating them, but the change got called out by an “old-school” journo.

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Fox News reported on March 19th that one of America’s most well-known TV news anchors, Ted Koppel, noted that the once-great media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, have indeed traded journalistic excellence for hit pieces for political purposes. While political opinions in the mainstream press are certainly within the purview of any publication, this sort of writing can hardly be classified as “news” but as “Opinion” or more widely known, “Op-Ed.”

We have two videos on this. The first is the original clip showing the full statement that Mr. Koppel gave. It is illuminating, to say the least:

Tucker Carlson and Brit Hume, a former colleague of Mr. Koppel, added their comments on this admission in this second short video piece, shown here.

There are probably a number of people who have watched this two-year onslaught of slander and wondered why there cannot be a law preventing this sort of misleading reporting. Well, Russia passed a law to stop it, hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook. It is a smart law because it does not advocate imprisonment for bad actors in the media, but it does fine them.

Going to prison for reporting “the truth” looks very noble. Having to pay out of pocket for it is not so exciting.

Newsmax and Louder with Crowder both reported on this as well.

This situation of dishonest media has led to an astonishing 77% distrust rating among Americans of their news media, this statistic being reported by Politico in 2018. This represents a nearly diametric reversal in trust from the 72% trust rating the country’s news viewers gave their news outlets in 1972. These statistics come from Gallup polls taken through the years.

 

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