Re China Demands Release Of Huawei Executive (Dec. 7): Canada should have opted to “study” the file pertaining to Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou – you know, until such time that irritants such as the steel and aluminum tariffs are resolved. Cite all of those national security concerns that require vetting. Send a message.
Vic Bornell Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. I am ashamed our government would participate in the kidnap and ransom of a leader of a foreign company.
This brazen act has brought dishonour to our current leadership, and placed at risk Canadians who are conducting business abroad. Ask yourself, how would Donald Trump respond if the CFO of Apple were arrested in Hong Kong and awaiting extradition to a country that disagreed with Apple’s business practices?
Alex Duhaney Ottawa China has no problem grabbing Chinese nationals from other countries or territories. It seems that, poof, one day you are gone from where you live and the next thing the world knows, often months later, you have been “tried” and sentenced all on the QT. At least in the case of the Huawei executive, there is a possible case for extradition, and Meng Wanzhou hasn’t disappeared into the U.S. with no one knowing.
Jeff Sutton Ottawa Former Canadian ambassador to China David Mulroney praises Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, saying that despite the backlash in Beijing, the action is “a clear signal that Canada is willing to face China’s fury to do the right thing.”
What Mr. Mulroney calls “the right thing,” however, means siding with the U.S. in its highly disputed sanctions against Iran. Recently re-imposed by the Trump administration in defiance of a prior United Nations Security Council agreement, the punishing blockade of Tehran has been widely condemned.
Rather than doing “the right thing,” Canada appears to have thrown itself willy-nilly into an international dispute on behalf of an isolated rogue administration intent on provoking conflict with most of the states of the world.
Larry Hannant Victoria