China wants Canada to shut up. Thats exactly why we shouldnt – The Globe and Mail

China wants Canada to shut up. Thats exactly why we shouldnt - The Globe and Mail
Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou one year ago. Heres what has happened so far and what to expect in the coming months
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Chinese tech mogul Meng Wanzhou has penned a letter thanking her supporters on the anniversary of her arrest in Vancouver.

"I think we have to establish, and that will be my responsibility, with Canadian civil society, with business people … a framework in which we can have a relationship with China where the interests of Canada stand out, where the fundamental principles, the values ​​will be present," Champagne said. However, he did not specify whether he wants to harden the tone.

Huawei publishes letter from Meng Wanzhou on anniversary of her arrest

In an English-language post on the company’s website on Sunday, the CFO of Huawei said she’s learned to “face up to and accept my situation.”

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China has been arbitrarily detaining our colleague #MichaelKovrig for 357 days. Michael is a Canadian national. He has yet to see a lawyer or his family, International Crisis Group wrote on Twitter Sunday evening. Mr. Kovrig, a diplomat on leave from the Canadian government, worked as North East Asia senior adviser for ICG.

Meng, the daughter of the smartphone company’s founder, is currently out on bail awaiting possible extradition to America on charges related to violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Meng said her “heart has been warmed” by the support she has received since her arrest, referencing gestures from Huawei colleagues, “netizens” and others.

Last May they were charged with spying. The two men, who Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, said were being held in arbitrary detention for political goals, have reportedly been interrogated and held in rooms lit by artificial lighting 24 hours a day.

“Thanks to the kindness of the correctional officers and other inmates at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, I was able to make it through the worst days of my life,” she wrote. “When the judge announced that I was granted bail, the applause in the public gallery made me burst into tears.”

She was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December 2018, one year before she published a thank you message to supporters on Huaweis website on Sunday. Ms Meng wrote that life on bail passed so slow that I have enough time to read a book from cover to cover.

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According to Li, 35, he had negotiated termination compensation of about 300,000 yuan (£33,000), which was transferred to him through a secretarys private account. The case has caused a wave of criticism over the companys treatment of a longtime employee and questions about Chinese law punishing someone advocating for their employee rights. Huawei has not confirmed the lawsuit nor commented on the allegations.

China urges Canada to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

China’s ambassador to Canada, who visited Meng last week, reiterated Beijing’s calls for Canada to “correct its mistake” and let her go.

On Sunday, Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese Huawei executive who was arrested in Canada a year ago, published an open letter thanking Chinese citizens for their support, writing: Your passion and support have always warmed my heart. Netizens have gone out of their way to express their ongoing trust, support, and care for us as well. You can see their comments online every time Huawei is in the news.

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid 13 criminal charges, including conspiracy, fraud and obstruction, against Huawei and Meng. The indictment accuses Huawei and Meng of misrepresenting their ownership of Skycom, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary, between 2007 and 2017 in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The United States and Canada have abused their bilateral extradition treaties, arbitrarily imposed coercive measures on Chinese citizens, and seriously violated the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens, Hua added.

Shortly after her arrest, China detained two Canadians on allegations they compromised national security — a move widely seen as retaliation.

Huawei CEO says daughter Meng Wanzhou should be proud shes bargaining chip in trade war

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor remain in jail in China. Canada has condemned their arrests as arbitrary, and new Foreign Affairs minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says securing their release is his absolute priority. 

Huawei is at the centre of the US-China trade war. Meng was accused in December 2018 of violating trade sanctions with Iran through Huawei subsidiaries. She has denied the allegations. The US later placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns. Huawei has denied accusations that it spies for China.

Earlier this year, China also suspended imports of Canadian canola and some meat products, though the latter ban was lifted.

The turmoil between China and Canada also comes as Ottawa mulls a ban on Huawei infrastructure for the upcoming 5G network over security concerns.