Let’s admit it, Canada blundered when it arrested Ms. Meng Wanzhou, Haiwei CEO, to be tried by the Americans for charges of dealing with Iran. Dealing with Iran is not illegal in Canada or anywhere outside the U.S.
Having arrested Ms. Wanzhou, the government has been trying to find a face-saving way out of this international mess. Let’s not forget that it was the U.S., against the wishes of the world, that withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Arms Agreement and now wants to impose its unilateral sanctions law.
Our government’s holds a bad actor perspective of China, which is wrong in the eyes of most of the world. China’s has provided financial assistance and cooperation to numerous developing countries. Their field of influence reaches much of Africa, the Middle East including Iran and Turkey, India and Russia. We overlook the disturbing fact that our allie the U.S., whose law we obey, has caused far worse death and destruction than China, resulting in world hostility to America. Millions have been killed by U.S. Imperial wars and sanctions.
The Chinese people, understandably, feel China is right to demand the release of Ms. Wanzhou. Imagine if the Chinese had arrested a Canadian woman to be sent to Russia to face untenable political charges because they had an extradition agreement. To think that we are going to pressure China when they believe they are right is absurd.
Canada should release Ms Wanzhou before this gets even worse. This might piss Trump off. But may actually improve our standing in the world.
Canada has everything to gain and nothing to lose by being friends with China. Criticize China when they are wrong but befriend them when they are right. We teach our kids to admit their mistakes. Would it not be an improvement if the world worked that way?