It appears the attorneys for Meng Wanzhou are having a difficult time convincing the Canadian that their client isn’t a flight risk. Part of that concern might stem from the fact that her crimes are political in nature, based upon sanctions are are wholly subjective. She was tossed back into her cell on Friday, to face the judge on Monday. I suspect she will be held without bail, in spite of the fact that she’s willing to wear an ankle bracelet, surrender her passports, and live in Canada until the trial is finished.
China is not amused.
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.
What ‘severe’ measure might China take? Will they, perhaps, stop making toys for them, or cease buying their oil. Or will they, by chance, attack Vancouver with their missiles and burn it to the ground? I think not.
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In a statement cited by official news agency Xinhua, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said Meng’s detention was a “severe violation” of her rights and interests as a Chinese citizen.
“Such a move ignores the law and is unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature,” the news agency quoted Le as saying in the statement.