Three years of Meng Wanzhou heating up China-Canada relations

Three years of Meng Wanzhou heating up China-Canada relations 5
Three years of Meng Wanzhou heating up China-Canada relations 5

The plan of Manh Van Chu, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications group Huawei, when the plane landed at Vancouver airport, Canada, was to go to her home in this city and pick up some luggage before boarding the flight.

However, she was instead held at the airport by Canadian border officers and questioned for three hours.

Since August 2018, a court in New York has issued an arrest warrant for Ms. Meng for allegedly deceiving HSBC bank about Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, a Hong Kong telecommunications equipment company that worked with Huawei in Iran.

According to the PowerPoint presentation used by Ms. Manh in a meeting with HSBC in August 2013, Huawei and Skycom were described as two separate entities.

After a trial in Vancouver, the judge agreed to release Ms. Manh on bail with a bail amount of 7.5 million USD.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou left his home in Vancouver, Canada, to go to the hearing on August 18.

On December 6, 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Ms. Meng’s arrest had `no political interference`, emphasizing that the Canadian justice system is acting independently in handling the US extradition request.

On December 10, 2018, China arrested two Canadian citizens, including former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, on charges of `participating in activities that threaten China’s national security`.

Trudeau and Donald Trump, the then US president, criticized China’s `arbitrary detention` of two Canadian citizens.

Also in January 2019, a court in northeastern China sentenced Canadian citizen Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death for drug trafficking, increasing the sentence compared to the previous 15-year prison sentence.

Amid the tense atmosphere, Canada warned citizens traveling to China about the `risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws`.

The conflict spread to the commercial sector.

In June 2020, China charged Kovrig and Spavor with `foreign spies` and `providing state secrets`, after more than 18 months of detention.

Initially, they argued that the crime Ms. Meng was accused of was in the US, not in Canada.

Another line of attack from the legal team concerns the Canadian border guards’ treatment of Ms. Manh at the airport in Vancouver.

Last month, the Huawei executive appeared in court as the judge heard final arguments on whether to extradite her to the US.

Finally, in the trial on September 24, a few hours after US prosecutors in New York announced an agreement to suspend fraud charges against Ms. Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer was released,

US prosecutors accepted that Ms. Meng agreed to a statement about the facts of the case.

`Over the past three years, my life has been turned upside down as a mother, a wife, and a company executive. I believe that in every misfortune there is always a silver lining. It has truly been an invaluable experience.`

`I am sincerely grateful to the Chinese embassy in Canada for their constant support,` the Huawei director added, before boarding the plane to return to Shenzhen, China.

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