China’s appetite for diplomatic wars has apparently increased. Alongside the ongoing trade war with the United States, the Asian country has also triggered a new cold war with Canada.
State security apparatus of China held two Canadians a year ago to retaliate against the arrest of Chinese telecom giant, Huawei’s executive, Meng Wanzhou. The arrested Canadians, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, were devoid of access to lawyers or family.
As per China’s favorite verse, ‘Eye for an eye’, their fate depends on what happens to Meng, who is waiting for a hearing in a US extradition case next month.
Meanwhile, the detention conditions of the trio in both the countries are way different.
Under the opaque legal framework in China, Kovrig and Spavor are reportedly subjected to lengthy interrogations and torture to some extent. During the initial months, they were forced to sleep with the lights on, the sources reported.
On the other hand, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada, is living comfortably in a mansion in Vancouver. She has been allowed by the Canadian authorities to travel under curfew, with a tracking bracelet tied to her ankle.
China, with the largest population in the world, offers a huge market for consumer products. Any country that indulges into a trade war with China suffers greatly on the economic front. The arrests that created turbulence in diplomatic relations between Canada and China have harmed Canadian canola imports worth billions of dollars.
In a statement, Guy Saint-Jacques, former Canadian ambassador to Beijing said, “It’s a political case with very few signs of progress.”
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was taken into custody while taking a connecting flight in Vancouver on Dec 1, 2018. She was charged by the US authorities for violating Iran sanctions, after which she approached a team of lawyers to help her fight extradition in court.
Meng wrote an open letter to her supporters stating, “Right now, time seems to pass slowly,” on the anniversary of her detention.