Huawei Canada says President Trump is to blame for putting Canada in a tough situation regarding the arrest of the company’s CFO Meng Wangzhou (and daughter of Huawei’s founder).
In a press release issued Sunday morning, Huawei Canada uses quotes from John Bolton’s book, to argue the arrest of Meng is unwarranted. Bolton is the former U.S. National Security Advisor and recently released a tell-all book, In The Room Where It Happened.
Huawei Canada says, “In Donald Trump’s eyes the charges against Ms. Meng have always been a bargaining chip to be used to negotiate a trade deal with China and enhance his chances at re-election in November.”
The Chinese company believes Trump arrested Meng as leverage for trade negotiations. Of course, the arrest happened in Canada, which Huawei says has “left the government of Canada in an extremely difficult situation – caught in the middle of an escalating dispute between two global powers.”
“It is the duty of the President of the United States to uphold the law – not to manipulate it for his own political benefit. We call on the Trump administration to immediately withdraw the charges against Meng Wanzhou,” argues Huawei Canada.
Currently, the government of Canada has not decided whether or not to ban Huawei from 5G networks, despite our allies and security agencies warning of potential espionage from using the Chinese equipment. The Canadian government did admit it was being pressured by China to use Huawei 5G gear.
Canada’s Big 3 wireless carriers have so far avoided Huawei 5G equipment for network launches, opting for European hardware instead.
Recently, the Chinese government suggested the two jailed and charged Canadians held in China may be freed, if Meng is allowed to go home.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected the idea of a prisoner exchange, saying “The reality is releasing Meng Wanzhou to resolve a short-term problem would endanger thousands of Canadians who travel to China and around the world by letting countries know that a government can have political influence over Canada by randomly arresting Canadians.”
“It is the duty of the President of the United States to uphold the law – not to manipulate it for his own political benefit. We call on the Trump administration to immediately withdraw the charges against Meng Wanzhou,” concluded Huawei Canada.
While Meng’s U.S. extradition trial continues in Vancouver, she gets to stay in her multi-million dollar mansions. Meanwhile, two jailed Canadian men in China, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, are being confined to cells where the lights have remained on (and never turn off) for over 550 days straight, and with no consular access.