Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Huawei Update: What Can Happen When You Back The Wrong Horse--FUBAR

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Le Dauphin had a sheltered upbringing.  Consequently, he never learned what happens when you back the wrong horse...whether in horse racing or in life.  Today he ALSO found out the hard way what happens when you throw all your eggs into one basket politically.  According to the latest MSM news, China has now banned all Canadian meat.  That is in addition to banning Canadian Canola seeds. That should make the Canadian ranchers in pivot province Alberta very happy [sarc].

This is just the latest in a steady escalation of punitive measures China has imposed on Canada ever since the infamous arrest last December 2018 of Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou by the RCMP at the Vancouver airport.  She has been held under house arrest ever since.  A trial has been scheduled for 2021 to determine whether or not she can be extradited to the United States over charges relating to sanctions that the US placed on China [which Canada has no part in].  Generally, a person cannot be extradited to a third country if the crime(s) they are accused of are not crimes in the country holding them for extradition.
This fundamental principle of international law was again brought to the attention of the Canadian Federal Government just yesterday via a letter from Meng's lawyers.  Please read the following report from the CBC and I will have more comments to follow: 

************************ Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou call on Ottawa to end extradition proceedings

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou say it would be in "Canada's national interests" to drop extradition proceedings against the Huawei chief financial officer. Meng's legal team is asking Ottawa to assert Canadian independence from the United States by ending a legal proceeding that could render the executive to the U.S. for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran.

The normally tight-lipped lawyers say they submitted an argument to Justice Minister David Lametti following reports former prime minister Jean Chrétien floated the idea of Ottawa cancelling Meng's extradition as a way to thaw out hostile relations with China.

Canada is at a crossroads respecting the United States' request that Canada extradite Ms. Meng, for conduct that could not be an offence in Canada," the lawyers argue. "Over our history, the Canadian government has stood up for Canadian values, including the rule of law, even in circumstances where this has meant a departure from American foreign policy initiatives."

The statement is signed by the four legal heavyweights preparing Meng's defence in the lead-up to her B.C. Supreme Court extradition hearing, which is expected to begin next January.

The 47-year-old was arrested at Vancouver International Airport last December on a stop over from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires. According to an indictment unsealed in January, Meng and Huawei face 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction in the U.S. The charges relate to an alleged scheme to circumvent sanctions against Iran through a shadow company in Tehran that prosecutors say was actually controlled by Huawei. Meng is accused of lying about the relationship — putting U.S. banks at risk of violating sanctions.

The case has thrown Chinese-Canadian economic relations into a tailspin and seen China arrest two Canadians accused of spying and sentence two more to death for alleged drug offences. The arguments echo submissions Meng's lawyers have already made in court, but they come after news both of Chretien's interference and a CBC report that Beijing ignored a personal attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with China's premier.
The statement comes at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran.
Last week, Iran shot down a U.S. military drone — an action followed by U.S. President Donald Trump's last minute decision not to carry out a retaliatory strike because it would have killed 150 people.
Meng's legal team notes that Trump withdrew from an international agreement aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear capabilities and has since sought to introduce increased sanctions on the Islamic republic. Canada has not followed suit. They say that Meng would never face a similar prosecution in Canada because "only the U.S. has sanctions laws prohibiting foreign banks entering into U.S. dollar transactions for doing business with foreign companies that sell commercial goods into Iran."
The argument speaks to the principle of "double criminality" at the heart of extradition law: that a crime in the country seeking extradition should also be considered a crime in Canada.

'Nothing to do with Canada'

Besides — Meng's legal team says the lies she is accused of making allegedly took place in Hong Kong in the presence of non-Canadian bankers.
"Canada does not police the conduct of foreign persons in foreign lands that have nothing to do with Canada," the statement from the lawyers says.
Meng's lawyers refer back to Canada's 2002 decision — under then-Prime Minister Chrétien's leadership — not to join the U.S.-led coalition which invaded Iraq; they say Canada must occasionally depart from American foreign policy.
"Canadian governments have had to make difficult decisions, sometimes at odds with the foreign policy initiatives of its allies, including the United States, in order to assert essential Canadian values of human decency, fairness, tolerance and respect for human rights and the rule of law," the lawyers say.
Beyond the press release from Meng's lawyers, the submissions to Lametti have not been made public. The Department of Justice would not confirm receipt of the letter from Meng's legal team, but said "Canada is a country that respects the rule of law" in an emailed statement to CBC News.
The statement also cited the provisions of the Extradition Act in dealing with the case.
According to extradition procedure, the minister of justice has an opportunity to weigh in on a case once a decision has been made to commit a person for removal to another country. Documents obtained by the CBC under Freedom of Information say Trudeau has also been told that there "are no examples of the Minister (of Justice) discharging a case for political or diplomatic reasons."
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland's has rejected the notion of simply cancelling Meng's extradition at this point.
Meng is currently living under a form of house-arrest in one of two multi-million dollar homes she owns in Vancouver, after being released on $10 million bail."
Greencrow says:  This whole case is about driving a wedge between Canada and China.  Prior to this debacle, Canada and China were warming up their trade and diplomatic relations.  Last year, 2018 was even called the "Year of China and Canada Relations" by the two countries.  What a way that year ended!  I'm glad I had the opportunity to visit China before the iron curtain fell down between the two countries of Canada and China.  Ironically, it was the same when we visited Turkey a few years ago.  A few months later, the Sh!t hit the fan between the US and Turkey over the Gulan attempted regime change debacle.

Canada has been forced to do what I call the "humiliating test of loyalty".  This is a request by a superior power to humiliate and/or degrade oneself in order to "prove" loyalty to the power and/or as an initiation/hazing when joining a clique.  When I had a brief brush with politics back in the 1980's, my humiliating test of loyalty was to write letters to the local papers [which would be read by friends and family] that expressed views that I did not necessarily subscribe to, but which the MP wanted to see in the papers.  Humiliating tests of loyalty are standard SOP in politics...whether at the local, provincial, national or international level.

That is what Trudeau and Freeland acquiesced to...instead of saying, right off the bat: "Sorry USrael, we cannot do that for you because it is against our national interests."

So, now the initial humiliation has compounded itself one hundred times as our trade is being descimated and as our spies languish in foreign jails.  Speaking of which, I saw the following interesting comment on one of the forums recently:

Chinese arresting Michael Kovrig wasn't a mistake since he works for integrity initiative crisis actors funded by George Soros. I doubt you'll see that factoid in western media."*

*How much do ya wanna bet the Canadian spies trial will take place in China at exactly the same time as the Meng Wanzhou trial takes place in Vancouver????

Here are some more links updating events regarding the Chinese flagship company Huawei: 
War on Huawei
Huawei prepares for 40%-60% fall in international smartphone
shipments: Bloomberg

U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban: sources
Microsoft resumes sales of Huawei laptops online
Huawei says U.S. ban hurting more than expected, to wipe $30
billion off reven
Market Mayhem is Due to Truly Perfect Storm for 2019 Recession

Department of Education Investigating Foreign Money Flowing to
U.S. Colleges

Senator Rubio targets Huawei over patents
Huawei Now Using Patent Claims To Demand $1 Billion From
Verizon, As The US Tries To Chase Huawei Out Of The US Market

The US government walked right into this. For years it's been demonizing Huawei
without evidence, while at the same time demanding that China respect patents.
So, of course, it opened itself right up to Huawei now claiming patent
infringement against US companies.

Evidence That The U.S. Economy Could Be Plunging Into A Very
Deep Recession Is Rapidly Mounting

https://sputniknews.com/world/201906221076015068-huawei-files-lawsuit-against-us-over-seized-equipment---report/ *************************

Greencrow: In conclusion, this episode has gone from bad to worse. If Canada maintains its stance regarding China/Meng Wanzhou, our trade with China could be destroyed completely. If, OTOH, Canada finally and belatedly asserts its sovereignty--and tosses the extradition case, then that will give USrael a prime opportunity to do what it has always wanted to do anyway.

What Canada SHOULD HAVE DONE was, as soon as Meng was arrested, get a legal opinion that said more or less what her lawyers said in their legal letter quoted above, and release her with no charges.  Then we could have said to USrael:  "Sorry, we tried to do what you wanted but our independent [and legally astute] court system wouldn't allow it.  End of story.


Anonymous said...

I lived through the tragic period of Mr Potato Head and the press enabling his arrogance and hubris coining the term "Potato Head mania" and thought to myself that we possibly couldn't have a worse leader ever again.

However our current misleader, "Tater Tot", definitely takes the prize for prize moron even among the morons currently misleading other western countries.

You see, Mr Potato Head was arrogant but also intelligent, whereas Tater Tot is only arrogant. Therein lies the difference and woe to us if his term does not end in October.

The other frustrating circumstance is the fact that there is no real alternative available in the current political party structure. Sheer-luck? Puhleez. Jagmeat? I think not. Lizzie "all for one and all for me"? Ya right.

So I have to follow George Carlin's advice and not vote in the coming selection. That way I have EVERY right to complain about this state of our affairs.

greencrow said...

Anonymous says:

"...Mr Potato Head was arrogant but also intelligent, whereas Tater Tot is only arrogant."

I presume you mean Trudeau Sr as Mr. Potato Head. I have said several times on this blog that Le Dauphin got his mothers looks...and, sadly, also her brains.