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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Innocent travelers may be held hostage by diplomacy


It was no coincidence that just as Meng Wangzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was released from house arrest in his palace in Canada, two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Coverig and businessman Michael Spever – were released from Chinese prisons.

Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng, was detained on a request for a US extradition in connection with an attempt by Chinese telecommunications giant to ease US sanctions imposed on Iran by then-President Trump. In retaliation, Beijing arrested two Canadians on espionage charges.

When Meng returned to the People’s Republic of China, he declared, “If it were not for a strong motherland, I would not be free today.”

What he should have said was, “If Beijing had not been at all concerned with international law or the truth, I would have had to face justice in the United States.”

Sparrow, already serving 11 years in prison, was released along with Coverig and flew to Canada and independence.

Their allegations were in no way justifiable. Conversely, they were arrested to put more pressure on Canada, which was subject to trade sanctions such as Australia proposing an independent investigation into the CCP virus, or Beijing naming it Covid-1 ((why, incidentally follow the West?).

Apparently, there are agreements with Ottawa, Beijing and Washington. This is undoubtedly achievable because the Biden administration aimed to bring the United States back into the Obama-era deal with the Iranian regime যা which could see the same sanctions for which Meng was detained, removed, or changed.

As Australia has learned, Huawei is very close to Beijing and an entity under its control. One of Beijing’s 14 allegations against the Australian government was that Huawei was allowed to join the country’s 5G network.

Some of Australia’s strongest powers are in favor of it.

Perhaps they did not know that under the decree of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), executives of Chinese companies, even on foreign soil, would have to comply with Beijing’s directives.

It has long been proven that citizens and residents of Western countries who go to China and Hong Kong are in extreme danger even if they are not involved in political activities.

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These can be used as tools to get concessions from their government. Two Chinese-Australians have already been arrested on espionage charges, author Yang Henjun and broadcaster Cheng Lei.

And anyone who criticizes Beijing’s actions, whether for persecuting Uyghurs or trading in the bodies of religious dissidents, may find it risky to travel to countries with strong ties to China. Because the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong, has extradition agreements with more than 50 countries around the world.

In a remarkable moment, the Australian government actually signed a extradition treaty with Beijing in September 2002.

Fortunately, the agreement was revoked, and after much publicity, it was decided not to approve it on March 2, 201, and the agreement was canceled.

Following the unrest in Hong Kong, Australia also suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong on July 9, 2020.

Nonetheless, travelers face a clear and present danger when visiting a country that has such a relationship with Beijing. In addition, citizens of countries that want to put pressure on Beijing also run the risk of being held hostage.

The Huawei affair proves once again that the CCP leads a country where there is no rule of law.

It would also be foolish for democracies to continue in the foolish belief that concessions on concessions would lead to the reform of communism. The system is inherently and naturally incompatible with reform.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the author and The Epoch Times.


David Flint is an emeritus law professor, known for his leadership of Australians for constitutional monarchy and for his responsibilities as head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority. He is a former chairman of the Australian Press Council and the World Association of Press Council.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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