Huawei threatens Canada with the death penalty. —Charles Burton (@cburton001)

Jan 17, 04:14 AM

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Charles Burton, professor at Brock University, in re: The latest on Huawei and Meng Wanzhou. The US economy is the envy of its trading partners. China’s economy is faring poorly. The US did not confront China for decades for its [blatantly illegal] activities. Trump’s policies have let us see into the “Chinese miracle” – based on theft. See how Huawei stole secrets from foreign companies. This is plain ol’ walkaround theft by Huawei employees. The firm was formed in 1987 and immediately became the world’s largest; it stole from Cisco and TMobil with the strong backing of Beijing. Mean to intimidate its trading associates around the world. Ms Meng was arrested in Canada for serious crimes of fraud, incl purloining foreign technologies (and, facing a long prison sentence, she may reveal the connections between Huawei and the Chinese security apparatus); then China instantly sentenced a Canadian citizen, Robert Schellenberg, to death. He may have a bullet in the back of his head within a few weeks. Today we had a Canadian pulled off an airplane in Beijing as he was on his way to Seoul. It's legally impossible for us to return Ms Meng to China; we’ve managed to get some countries to echo our concern — Estonia, France, Latvia, Lithuania, the US. Will relations with China become an election issue? Quite possibly. China regards all this as a negotiation, but meantime is blowing up its diplomatic relations. Little chance of Canada’s installing Chinese 5G as a result of these vile activities. Why do Chinese say this is a result of white supremacy? A thorough misunderstanding, and that statement has been received most poorly.