People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in March 2019. Photo: Reuters People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in March 2019. Photo: Reuters
People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in March 2019. Photo: Reuters
David Zweig
Opinion

Opinion

David Zweig

Canada’s duty lies in freeing Kovrig and Spavor from China. This means letting Meng go

  • The suffering of the two Canadians, in detention since December 2018, makes a powerful case for Ottawa to prize pragmatism and sympathy over politics
  • Should Canada choose to, a sound legal case can be made for the release of the Huawei executive wanted by a US determined to blunt China’s tech challenge

People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in March 2019. Photo: Reuters People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in March 2019. Photo: Reuters
People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in March 2019. Photo: Reuters
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David Zweig

David Zweig

David Zweig is chair professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and managing director of Transnational China Consulting Limited.