The vibrations in Canada of the Huawei-Trump dossier

The vibrations in Canada of the Huawei-Trump dossier

Canada is also at the center of the challenge between the US and Huawei

If – as the recent US Department of Commerce openings show – America's war against Huawei seems to have waned, there is a knot in the case in question that is still burning and involves a third country that has been crushed by the clash between the two superpowers. and on which Beijing's revenge hangs for aligning with Washington.

There is talk of Canada, which still suffers in the eyes of China the mortal sin of having arrested on 1 December 2018, Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Huawei and CFO of the giant of Shenzhen, on behalf of the US justice, which accuses her various financial crimes including violation of sanctions against Iran.

It was a dramatic step, which triggered the immediate reaction of Beijing, which less than ten days later had two Canadian citizens arrested on spurious accusations of espionage, the former diplomat who passed the International Crisis Group Micheal Kovrig and the founder of the Paektu Cultural Exchange Michael Spavor.

After 18 months of detention in appalling conditions well documented in an interview released a few months ago by the former Canadian ambassador to Beijing Guy Saint-Jacques and aggravated by limited consular access, no contact with lawyers and – according to a testimony reported by BBC – from river interrogators, the day before yesterday Beijing – with social media posts written in the attorney general's account. formalized the charges for what are now considered the two Michael in Canada.

Kovrrig in particular is accused of spying on state secrets and conducting clandestine intelligence activities, while Spavor is accused of having spied on a foreign entity and of illegally revealing state secrets.

"The facts are clear and the evidence solid and sufficient", was the laconic comment of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian during the usual daily briefing, in which he did nothing but confirm the charges of espionage against the two Canadians by refusing to provide other details.

The news has rebounded in Canada like a hot stone. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "very dissatisfied" with the Chinese moves, and reiterated his accusation against China for practicing a particularly heinous form of hostage diplomacy.

"The Chinese authorities – Trudeau underlined – have directly linked the cases of the two Michael to the judicial proceeding against Meng (…). These Canadian citizens are detained for no other reason than the dissatisfaction of the Chinese government with the independent proceedings of the Canadian judiciary. "

To reporters, Trudeau added, however , that his government is "using a broad spectrum of public and private pressure to ensure that everything goes well and the Michael return home."

Obviously, Trudeau's words reveal the entirely political nature of this matter.

It appears anything but a coincidence, for example, that the charges against the two Canadians are made public one month after the hearing in which the Vancouyer court – where Meng is confined to house arrest in one of his residences – confirmed the goodness of the court case concerning the former CFO of Huawei, making a step forward to an extradition process that will however still last months if not years.

And then it is the same Chinese government that, as the BBC points out, explicitly and publicly connects the two cases, as happens every time during the briefings of the foreign ministry, during which the various spokesmen used to mention the names of the two Canadians immediately after Meng's.

Wanting to be mischievous, the coincidence between the accusations made against the two Canadians and the decision taken last month by Bell Canada and Telus Corp – two of the main Canadian telephone providers – to give up Huawei to achieve 5G and also seems curious. instead, use the services of Ericsson and Nokia respectively.

Everything suggests therefore that both the case of Meng and that of the Canadian citizens, as well as being closely connected, will be resolved in one way: when the Huawei node, who lives in Washington, will be definitively resolved.

At that point, the diplomacies of Ottawa and Beijing will be able to find an honorable agreement and free their hostages. Unless Washington naturally decides to continue its war on Huawei to the bitter end.

For Spavor and Kovrig a very long prison sentence and even the death penalty could then emerge, transforming them into the first non-metaphorical victims of the cold war between the US and China.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL on Sat, 20 Jun 2020 06:15:45 +0000.