The detention of Meng Wanzhou is not worth the gain-C Viewpoint: Shi Yongqing

The detention of Meng Wanzhou is not worth the loss

Huawei’s vice chairman Meng Wanzhou was detained (later transferred to house arrest) in Canada for more than a thousand days. Last week, he finally reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice to postpone the prosecution and was released back to China. Although Meng Wanzhou signed the agreement, the agreement did not plead guilty, and Huawei did not pay a fine. The United States ended in failure and lost face in front of the world. I will think clearly when I want to mess with China again in the future.

From the Meng Wanzhou incident, people in the world can see clearly that the justice system in the United States was originally a political tool, not about law or morality.

What crime did Meng Wanzhou commit? She is only doing business with Iran in China (Hong Kong). This is not against the law in China. Hong Kong is not a jurisdiction of the United States. How can the United States arrest people casually based on its own legislation? Canada should not cooperate with the United States at all.

Furthermore, Meng Wanzhou is only a senior executive of Huawei. She is only acting for Huawei. Even if it violates US laws, the responsibility lies with Huawei or Huawei’s board of directors. Unless there is evidence to prove that, Meng Wanzhou once stood out on the board of directors and insisted on doing business with Iran, but the United States has no evidence in this regard.

In fact, in 2013, the U.S. own investment bank JP Morgan was also found to be doing business with countries such as Iran, Sudan, and Cuba that are prohibited by U.S. law. The U.S. court only fined JP Morgan and was not guilty of the company’s management. personnel. The United States still does this for companies subject to its own jurisdiction. How can it arbitrarily ask Canada to detain managers of non-US companies?

The evidence provided by the United States to Canada is that in a report to HSBC’s frontline staff, Meng Wanzhou did not disclose that Skycom, a subsidiary of Huawei, had business dealings with Iran, which was deceiving HSBC. However, Huawei later requested HSBC to provide information from the Head Office Reporting Information System through a court in Hong Kong, showing that HSBC executives knew that Skycom did business with Iran. Huawei is not responsible for bringing up old things in every meeting and every document. Since the HSBC executives have been informed of the matter, HSBC can decide on its own whether to continue business with Huawei, and Huawei is not responsible.

However, the Canadian court refused to accept the evidence provided by Huawei and obtained directly from HSBC’s official messaging system, believing that the evidence could be left for extradition to the United States for a formal trial. This is obviously to cooperate with the United States to frame Meng Wanzhou.

The United States wants to harm Meng Wanzhou because she is the daughter of Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei; former US President Trump said very frankly that he would use Meng Wanzhou as a bargaining chip and threaten Huawei to submit to it, and no longer challenge the United States in technology. Dominance. In the past, the United States used similar methods to force French electric company Alstom to accept GE’s acquisition. Japan’s Toshiba has also been forced by the United States to give up its leading position in semiconductors. Only this time when the United States met China did it know that it had encountered an opponent, and by the time it found out, it was already overwhelmed.

When the United States discovered that if Meng Wanzhou was forcibly committed, it would shame the rule of law in the West, it initially offered a light sentence in exchange for Meng Wanzhou’s confession. Who knows that Meng Wanzhou adhered to principles and was under house arrest for three years without wavering. The United States knew that procrastinating things would be even more detrimental to the United States, so it had to delay the prosecution to lower the stage. After this battle, the world should be able to see the true face of the rule of law in the United States.

Source: https://www.am730.com.hk/column/news/ Detention of Meng Wanzhou-Mei gains more than losses-286660

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