When it comes to prosecuting foreign VIPs, US justice is usually just foreign policy by other means. On the other hand, Chinese justice is sometimes little better than hostage negotiations. One is hypocritical and ruthless; the other is, well, just ruthless.
Huawei Technologies’ No 2, Meng Wanzhou, and Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are cases in point. This is what can happen when two superpowers are going at each other’s throats. It’s hard not to think of the legal settlement that Meng has reached with the US Justice Department as nothing more than a diplomatic compromise to dig all three countries – China, the United States and Canada – out of the deep hole they have dug for each other.
Beijing’s fury was provoked not only because of Meng’s corporate prominence but also that such individuals are considered untouchable, at least in so far as other countries are concerned. The world, including Canada, needs to get that message in no uncertain terms.
Besides the jailing of the two Michaels, Beijing has, at one time or another, cancelled, delayed or held up Canadian imports such as canola, soybeans, pork and beef worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs, to the Canadian economy.
Now, every country will think twice before executing an arrest warrant for Uncle Sam against a Chinese VIP.