Chinese Crisis: The Huawei Hostage
Perhaps one of the most interesting and recent developments in Canadian politics has been the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou while she was transferring planes (en route from Mexico to Hong Kong) at the Vancouver Airport. Apparently, Wanzhou was arrested because she had tried to defraud banks by taking out money that had been cleared for use by Huawei, only to use it for Skycom, a subsidiary of Huawei that deals with Iran. In the Canadian Courts, the Crown counsel claimed that Meng was “charged with conspiracy to defraud multiple international institutions”.
Since then, the Chinese government has detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor as a response, while also executing Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and Fan Wei, who were two Canadian citizens caught drug trafficking in China. More recently, Justin Trudeau has expressed hopes of meeting with Xi Jinping over this matter at the G20 summit while former P.M. Brian Mulroney suggested that former P.M. Jean Chrétien should go to China to discuss the release of the detainees.
But there is much more to this situation than most media outlets will have you to believe, and the ramifications are hardly being addressed…
Currently, on the world stage, we are seeing tensions in Venezuela over Juan Guaidó staging a potential US or Brazilian-backed coup against Maduro, tensions in Iran over the renegotiating of the Iran deal, tensions in Syria over Israel occupying the Golan Heights, and now the tensions between China are increasing even more than before. As if we didn’t have Chinese expansion in the South China Sea to worry about, as if we didn’t have North Korea (a Chinese proxy’s missile tests) to worry about, and, as if we didn’t have the current trade war and deficit to worry about––we are now seeing the Canadian government take explicit actions against one of China’s major international brands. The biggest issue about all of this is that all of these nation-states that the US is taking action against are nation-state that are aligned with one another (plus Russia).
This issue with this situation is twofold:
– On one hand, Canada is completely caving to U.S. and Israel opposition towards Iran, when it should’ve be a given (from the get-go) that China is economically and politically aligned with Iran. What one should find highly questionable is why Canada sides with the U.S. over something like this rather than over Protectionism or opposing mass-immigration like Trump has been doing.
– On the other hand, if Skycom is completely owned by Huawei, it seems like a pedantic distinction to penalize Wanzhou for using funds for one rather than the other, especially insofar as one is a subsidiary of the other.
Even more important is the fact that China has been struggling to put an international brand out on the global market in order to be internationally competitive. At this point, they have Huawei and Alibaba, but now that the U.S. is taking these actions, it is compromising China’s ability to compete against U.S. megacorps like Apple or Google. This is itself a precedent for conflict in a similar way to how the U.S. engaging in trade embargoes with Japan in WW2 was a deliberate precedent for Pearl Harbour, as has been revealed through the the McCollum memo, which was naval intelligence from that time. Most notoriously, the US will use organizations like the IMF and World Bank to ruin the ability for less developed nations to compete by issuing high-interest loans as a part of Structural Adjustment Programs that privatize and deregulate more nationalized and regulated economies. In light of the fact that Huawei is one example of China actually operating and succeeding within the global market, one should realize how futile negotiations are insofar as Wanzhou is under arrest.
The real question is, if Canada is currently on the side of the Globalists, whose side is China on? Perhaps there is something to be learned from the Nationalism of many nation-states that are developing around the world…
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