‘China is punishing Canada’: John Bolton latest Trump ally to condemn Beijing for detentions
|globalnews.ca 13 May 2019 at 14:20|
John Bolton is the latest ally of U.S. President Donald Trump to condemn China for its detentions of Canadians amidst a dispute with the Americans over Huawei.
In a tweet on Monday, Bolton — the hawkish national security adviser to Trump — criticized Beijing and defended Canada’s detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is out on bail in one of her two Vancouver homes after being detained in December 2018 at the request of U.S. authorities.
Meng and Huawei are charged with 23 counts of skirting American sanctions on Iran and stealing trade secrets.
But just days after her detention, China detained two Canadians in quick succession on what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called “arbitrary” and “illegal” claims of endangering Beijing’s national security.
Both have been granted only extremely limited consular access and are being kept in reportedly poor conditions.
China has accused Canada of political interference in Meng’s arrest.
However, extradition requests between Canada and the U.S. are governed by clear legal treaty and are a matter of routine occurrence.
“China is punishing Canada for upholding its treaty obligations and the rule-of-law,” Bolton tweeted. “The U.S. stands with Canada in efforts to secure the release of its citizens unfairly detained in China.”
China is punishing Canada for upholding its treaty obligations and the rule-of-law. The U.S. stands with Canada in efforts to secure the release of its citizens unfairly detained in China.
Last week, another powerful Trump ally spoke out against Beijing while Chinese officials were in Washington for trade talks.
“I — and many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle — am very concerned about both Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor. We will not forget about them until their release,” Risch said.
“Ms. Meng is living in her home and has full access to a functioning legal system that is handling her case. Canada’s citizens remain detained in harsh conditions and without access to lawyers and consular officials.”
“So here again, little brother Canada, we’re taking a hit for them big time, right, and that’s not only in our economy with canola, pork and various things, but we have Canadian citizens that are detained illegally and under a bad circumstance,” he said.
“They’re totally not aware of this, what we’re doing for them, technically, and the price we’re paying. They are very keyed in on that and they want the information and they know the Chinese are coming to town now and some of them are willing to bring it up.”