The bullies of Beijing have lost!
The government of China tried to intimidate Canada’s leaders to interfere with the BC Supreme Court’s consideration of the legality of extradition attempts to send Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to the US to face criminal charges.
It didn’t work.
The government of China even took two Canadian businessmen hostage … accusing them of spying … hoping Canada’s leaders would intervene and have Meng released.
That didn’t work.
BC Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes ruled Wednesday that the charges against Meng are legal … and the extradition process can proceed.
The bullies of Beijing … and their disgraceful, dishonourable tactics … were rebuffed.
Canadians (not just “Canada”, because we ALL have a stake) showed the Chinese dictatorship that in a true PEOPLE’s state, the rule of law WINS!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had tried to explain to Chinese officials several times that in Canada, leaders/politicians cannot interfere with the judicial process.
Of course, we know this does not mean some of them haven’t tried/done so in the past … but it only works behind the scenes, in private … because once anything like that gets out or that it has even been tried, it all hits the fan.
Because WE, unlike China, still have a FREE (if imperfect) PRESS!
And the Meng case was so high profile, so public that ANY attempt … or even a whisper of a suggestion … to influence the Court could not possibly have succeeded.
It’s the shining light of freedom … an unfettered media … that did the Xi regime’s scheming, pressures and threats in.
And China’s leaders MUST understand that!
They censor, ban, arrest the media, bloggers, artists, even lawyers within their borders; they block, blackout the Internet … coming and going; and, they round up, bloody and kill their own citizens/activists/students who dare to stand up for basic rights.
But they are POWERLESS in pushing around, subverting and FREE nation where a FREE media flourishes.
Of course, China’s leadership will not be happy with the BC Supreme Court’s decision.
Our two hostages there … Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor … may face the wrath of the wounded lion.
Or maybe not.
If China’s leaders are as smart as they think they are, they should realize the world is watching the Meng case; so snorting their wrath, stamping their feet and increasing their aggression against the two helpless Michaels and Canada will yield NO SUCCESS!
Here’s exactly how China can FREE its Huawei executive:
Go to the source of their problem: not Canada, but the United States … the country that initiated and is pursuing Ms. Meng’s charges/extradition; realize that any manipulation attempts should focus on the American Justice system, that has been politicized and corrupted under the Attorney Generals in that office over the past few years; and, make a deal with President Donald Trump … the only person who can artificially drop the case/charges against Ms. Meng, end the extradition process and release her.
Concentrating China’s fury on Canada will further injure our relations, yes, but will NOT work!
All it would accomplish is expose to the world China’s unworthiness in terms of trust and respect; emphasize China’s growing distancing from the rule of law, focus on China’s further subversion of human rights; and, certainly make a mockery of the “international” friendship China’s leaders and officials so often smilingly toast.
Instead China should JOIN the civilized world … and EARN respect through its actions, not just demand it through its threats.
A good start would be to release Spavor and Kovrig immediately, and let Canada’s court process proceed … according to law.
And focus on Ms. Meng’s case with Trump, not Trudeau.
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