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

Via Zerohedge


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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craig watson
December 9, 2018

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
Vera Gottlieb
Reply to  craig watson
December 9, 2018

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
therevolutionwas
Reply to  craig watson
December 9, 2018

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
Informed
Reply to  craig watson
December 10, 2018

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

MIke
MIke
Reply to  craig watson
December 11, 2018

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
Tjoe
December 9, 2018

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

MIke
MIke
Reply to  Tjoe
December 11, 2018

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
JPH
December 9, 2018

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
Guy
Reply to  JPH
December 9, 2018

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
fred
Reply to  Guy
December 10, 2018

the death throws of a dying beest

JPH
JPH
December 9, 2018

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
Platon
Reply to  JPH
December 9, 2018

It is the kind of pride that led to WW1.

TEP
TEP
Reply to  JPH
December 10, 2018

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

Ray Joseph Cormier
December 9, 2018

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
Platon
Reply to  Ray Joseph Cormier
December 9, 2018

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
Platon
Reply to  Ray Joseph Cormier
December 9, 2018

“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
fred
Reply to  Ray Joseph Cormier
December 10, 2018

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

rmm
rmm
Reply to  Ray Joseph Cormier
December 10, 2018

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
7.62x54R
Reply to  rmm
December 10, 2018

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
Cudwieser
December 9, 2018

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
Win
Reply to  Cudwieser
December 9, 2018

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

rmm
rmm
Reply to  Cudwieser
December 10, 2018

Sound advice.

MIke
MIke
Reply to  Cudwieser
December 11, 2018

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
Vera Gottlieb
December 9, 2018

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
Platon
December 9, 2018

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
7.62x54R
December 9, 2018

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

Platon
Platon
Reply to  7.62x54R
December 9, 2018

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

Guy
Guy
December 9, 2018

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
jmg
Reply to  Guy
December 10, 2018

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
December 9, 2018

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
FlorianGeyer
Reply to  Ray Joseph Cormier
December 10, 2018

Just like Porky Poroshenko in Ukraine 🙂

Lennart Mogren
December 9, 2018

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.

Platon
Platon
Reply to  Lennart Mogren
December 9, 2018

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
rmm
Reply to  Lennart Mogren
December 10, 2018

Good point. Wonder how C. Black missed that…

Blue Pilgrim
Blue Pilgrim
December 9, 2018

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
fred
Reply to  Blue Pilgrim
December 10, 2018

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

Blue Pilgrim
Blue Pilgrim
Reply to  fred
December 10, 2018

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
Czar
December 10, 2018

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

FlorianGeyer
FlorianGeyer
Reply to  Czar
December 10, 2018

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
fred
December 10, 2018

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

TEP
TEP
December 10, 2018

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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