Two sentences against Chinese pride. A policy, pronounced by Mike Pompeo: “Hong Kong has ceased to be autonomous from China”, said the US Secretary of State announcing that he had certified before the Washington Congress that “the situation on the ground no longer justifies the privileged treatment” from the commercial and economic point of view that America guaranteed to the City before 1997 and that it was been maintained for 23 years, allowing it to continue to be a major financial center and the headquarters of nearly 300 US multinationals. The other ruling is judicial, it comes from Canada, where the Vancouver Supreme Court decided that must continue the proceedings against Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder of Huawei, for which the United States asked for extradition accusing it of circumventing sanctions against Iran and planning a bank fraud to cover the operation.
These are two aspects of the head-on collision between the two superpowers, fought on the political (Hong Kong) and technological (Huawei) fields. Pompey spoke later the new day of clashes in the City. A few thousand demonstrators took to the streets for the second time since Beijing announced that its People’s Congress meeting in the Tiananmen Square building will today impose the “China National Security Law” in Hong Kong to prevent or punish “activities. subversive, seditious, separatist and terrorist »in the former British colony which in 1997 became a Special Administrative Region of China. This law now approves Hong Kong to China, dismantles the “One country two systems” modelPompeo said.
Hong Kong police yesterday rounded up 360 demonstrators: even girls with white aprons and school bags who joined the protest march against the Party-State yesterday. In Vancouver, Meng, 48, financial director of Huawei, arrived in court in a refined black suit with golden edges. She smiled as Canadian TVs framed her and she gave “Good morning” to everyone. The defense appealed to the double criminality principle according to which a person can be extradited to another country only if the offense committed is also a crime under Canadian law. According to Washington, Huawei has provided Iran with telecommunications material made in China but with US technological components (prohibited by American sanctions on the Tehran regime). This perhaps would not be a crime in Canada. But to cover the deal, according to the Justice Department of WashingtonMeng, as the group’s chief financial officer, allegedly lied to the large Hong Kong-based HSBC bank, hiding that Huawei controlled an Iranian company called Skycom. This would be bank fraud, punishable even in Canada. Very complex story: now the extradition process will go on, perhaps for years and Meng will have to remain in Vancouver on probation.
Princess Huawei was arrested on the night of December 1, 2018. After a week she got bail release, paying 10 million dollars to stay in one of the two large villas she owns in Vancouver: she chose the one with seven bedrooms read, estimated value 14 million. For 18 months, 524 days, she was allowed to go out during the day, but forced to wear an electronic ankle bracelet to be monitored. The lady complains of living months “full of fear, pain, disappointment, frustration, torment and struggle”. Before we cry for Meng, let’s remember two other inmates. Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. They were arrested in China in early 2019, accused of conspiracy against China’s state security: and how it is legitimate to suspect that the court case against Ms. Huawei was politicized, it is fair to believe that that of the two Canadians is synonymous with retaliation mounted by an opaque judicial system like the Chinese one. Kovrig and Spavor are not under house arrest in a beautiful villa, but in prison.
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