When we think of the bizarre chain of events involving China, Canada and the U.S. — events that have led to two Canadians being detained in China and another sentenced to death — we think of the unpredictable and irresponsible actions of the Chinese government or U.S. President Donald Trump.
Canada was merely caught in the middle, until Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum gave a press conference to a Chinese-only audience in Markham, basically informing them of China’s options for avoiding the extradition of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to the United States on an international warrant.
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Some of McCallum’s personal legal advice to the Chinese government was that Trump may have politicized the case by mentioning it while referencing a U.S.-China trade deal. True.
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However, McCallum made the same stupid blunder by publicly offering China escape routes as if it doesn’t have its own qualified legal representation — unlike those Canadians detained in a Chinese jail.
I can understand why politicians on both sides may not want to be associated with Trump, but the U.S. is a long-trusted and democratic ally, despite one’s opinion of the current president.
China, on the other hand, is governed by the Communist Party of China — the extreme left, where choice is decided by the state and not your human rights.
Now, all the world has been reminded of what China is capable of and the bullying threats against Canada it can make.
Whose side are McCallum and the Liberal government on?
He appears more sympathetic to communism than democracy.