Monday, October 25, 2021

Innocent travelers can be pawns in hostage diplomacy


It was no coincidence that Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was released from house arrest at her mansion in Canada, two Canadians—former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor—were also released from prison in China. was given.

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng was being held over a US extradition request related to the Chinese telecom giant’s alleged efforts to undermine US sanctions imposed by then-President Trump on Iran. In retaliation, two Canadians were arrested by Beijing on espionage charges.

When Meng returned to the People’s Republic of China, she declared, “If it weren’t for a strong homeland, I wouldn’t have my freedom today.”

What he should have said was, “If it weren’t for Beijing to be at all concerned with international law or truth, I would have faced justice in the United States.”

Spavor, who had already been sentenced to 11 years in prison, was released along with Kovrig and flew to Canada and independence.

His allegations were by no means justified. Conversely, he was arrested for putting more pressure on Canada, which was subject to trade sanctions, such as the Australia CCP to propose an independent investigation into the virus, or as Beijing named it COVID-19. (Why, coincidentally did the West follow?).

Obviously, there have been deals involving Ottawa, Beijing and Washington. No doubt that could have been achieved because of the Biden administration’s aim to back the United States to an Obama-era deal with the Iranian regime—which could see the same sanctions that detained Meng. was removed, or replaced.

As Australia has learned, Huawei is an entity very close to Beijing and under its control. Allowing Huawei to join the country’s 5G network was one of the “14 complaints” mentioned by Beijing against the Australian government.

It has been supported by some powerful forces in Australia.

Perhaps they were unaware that under the decree of the Communist Party of China (CCP), executives of Chinese companies, even on foreign soil, must obey Beijing’s instructions.

It has long been clear that citizens and residents of Western countries visiting China and Hong Kong face extreme danger, even if they do not engage in political activities.

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They can be used as tools to extract concessions from their government. Already two Chinese-Australian men are being held in connection with alleged espionage crimes, writer Yang Hengjun and broadcaster Cheng Lei.

And for anyone who criticizes Beijing’s activities, whether for its persecution of Uighurs or trade-offs from a body of religious dissidents, traveling to countries with strong ties to China can be risky. This is because the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong, has extradition treaties with more than 50 countries around the world.

In a moment of extraordinary naivety, the Australian government actually signed an extradition treaty with Beijing on 6 September 2007.

Fortunately, the treaty was withdrawn, and the decision not to ratify it on March 28, 2017, after a vigorous campaign, shelved the deal.

Following the unrest in Hong Kong, Australia also suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong on July 9, 2020.

Nevertheless, travelers face a clear and present danger when visiting any country that has such ties to Beijing. Furthermore, citizens of a country that Beijing is trying to pressure also run the risk of being taken hostage.

The Huawei case once again demonstrates that the CCP presides over a country where the rule of law does not exist.

It would also be foolish indeed if democratic nations were to persist in the naive belief that making concessions on concessions would improve communism. The system is inherently and by its very nature incompatible with reform.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


David Flint is an emeritus professor of law, best known for leading the Australian people to a constitutional monarchy and for his tenure as head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority. He is also a former President of the Australian Press Council and the World Association of Press Councils.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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