Canada will pay : Chinese state media threaten repercussions over Huawei arrest

Canada will pay : Chinese state media threaten repercussions over Huawei arrest
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Chinese state media is urging Canadian officials to release a top technology executive facing possible extradition to the United States in scathing editorials warning of revenge and unnecessary troubles for Canada if it doesnt comply.

In a lengthy commentary published Thursday on the website for China Radio International the countrys state-run radio broadcaster they called Meng Wanzhous release on $10-million bail in Vancouver earlier this week a step in the right direction.

Meng, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Ltd., was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice. Shes being accused of fraudulently using a shell company as cover for Huawei to do business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions against the country.

[It] will affect or even cost the country s efforts to expand its exports to China and to attract more Chinese tourists. This is the most direct harm the issue does to Canada, the website said.

The Chinese broadcaster also accused Canada of enforcing the law on behalf of the U.S. a point they described as absurd and hard to understand. It urged Canada to release Meng immediately in order to prevent more harm to the relationship.

It is high time then for the Canadian side to size up the situation and take effective measures to avoid causing unnecessary troubles for its relationship with China. Canada does not have to set a trap for itself, the column said.

Earlier this week, Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Communist Party-run tabloid the Global Times, uploaded a video in which he warned that, if Canada extradites Meng to the U.S., Chinas revenge will be far worse than detaining a Canadian.

In the past week, China has detained two Canadian citizens on suspicion of engaging in activities that endanger the national security, according to foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.

The detainment of former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor has been widely interpreted as a retaliatory action by the Chinese government to put pressure on Canada.

In another opinion piece written in the official Chinese daily newspaper The Peoples Daily earlier this week, the paper used threatening language in its description of the potential consequences Canada faces if it doesnt set Meng free.

While China does not want to cause trouble, China is not afraid of trouble either It would be a mistake to underestimate the confidence, will, and strength of the country, the newspaper wrote. The Chinese side has warned, Canada will pay a heavy price.

For its part, Canada has cautioned Canadians travelling in China to exercise a high degree of caution and has asked the Chinese for additional security for its embassy because of protests and anti-Canadian sentiment.
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