EX­TRA­DI­TION, POL­I­TICS

The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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