December 7, 2018
Nice trade negotiations you got there, Trump.
Be a shame if someone…
Arrested the CFO of China’s biggest cellphone company at a Canadian airport.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, was detained at Vancouver airport on a US extradition request.
China has demanded her release, calling the arrest a human rights violation.
The charges have not been made public. Huawei said it was “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng”.
She faces a bail hearing on Friday.
The arrest comes at a sensitive time for US-China relations. The nations are locked in a trade war that has seen both impose duties on billions of dollars of one another’s goods.
Ms Meng was detained on Saturday, the same day US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping met at the G20 summit in Argentina and later reached a temporary truce in their trade battle.
But the arrest has angered China and threatens to inflame tensions with the US.
Earlier reports suggested that Ms Meng’s arrest could be related to a US investigation into a possible violation of sanctions against Iran.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton declined to comment on this when questioned by journalists.
Instead he said that – generally speaking – he had “enormous concerns” over Chinese firms’ business practices and their possible operations as “arms” of the government.
There is no way in hell Trump ordered this. You don’t negotiate with a country by offering them a truce then kidnapping a high profile businessman. She is the daughter of the founder of Huawei, which is the biggest tech company in China. It is the world’s biggest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and the second biggest cellphone manufacturer in the world, behind Samsung (yes, ahead of Apple).
Kidnapping this woman is a dastardly, devious act that in the current world climate can only be viewed as an attack on Trump’s attempts to negotiate a trade deal with China. There is no other reason anyone would do something like this. Especially not in this way – if it really is some major Iran problem, then they would announce that immediately.
This is the people who actually run the government once again announcing to the world that Trump does not run the government. And of course, Trump doesn’t want to come out and say “actually, I don’t even run my own government, sorry,” so instead he’s forced to just go along with this stuff.
It’s the same deal as sending a warship into Russian waters – Trump obviously doesn’t want that to happen, but his only choice is to come out and publicly admit that he doesn’t control his own military and “commander-in-chief” is just a totally meaningless title.