oddly candid comments about the case of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.anada’s ambassador to China has been sacked after continuing to make
John McCallum was already skating on thin ice after holding a press conference exclusively for Chinese-language reporters last week where he declared that he thought Meng has a “strong case” for fighting extradition to the United States.
McCallum later claimed that he had “misspoke” in this instance, but was unable to use that excuse again when he made further comments to Star reporter Joanna Chiu at a charity dim sum lunch in Vancouver, telling her that if the US dropped its extradition request that would be “great for Canada.” Soon after the story was published, Justin Trudeau asked for McCallum’s resignation.
Twitter trolls have since attacked Chiu for reporting McCallum’s comments, charging that she should have honored the off-the-record request that McCallum made later in their conversation when he apparently realized that he had said too much. Even China’s biggest Twitter troll of all, Global Times editor-in-chief has thrown himself into the fray.
This is not an interview broadcast live. If the interviewee thinks his previous statement is inaccurate, he should be allowed to take certain remedial measures. Chiu has the malicious intention to mislead interviewee and ruin him. There is problem with her professional ethics. pic.twitter.com/ID4QC0fkJb
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) January 27, 2019
Hu’s nationalistic tabloid has also published an editorial declaring that McCallum’s ousting reveals the “political interference” behind Meng’s case. In the piece, Canada is compared to a “whore.”
Ottawa is forcibly creating a favorable public opinion atmosphere toward extradition. Is that appropriate behavior for a country ruled by law: To set the tone for right and wrong before the court trial begins?
Meng’s case has revealed the weakness of the rule of law in Canada. Many commentators consider that this case has stuck Ottawa in the middle of Washington and Beijing. The truth is that they knew the geopolitics in the case from the very beginning, but were afraid to point them out.
As a Chinese folk saying goes, “You cannot live the life of a whore and expect a monument to your chastity.” Canada is a country worthy of respect, but some Canadians must be reminded that they are now refusing to face up to the moral predicament. They are against moral righteousness while deceiving themselves to believe that they can be honored as moral models.
Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport on December 1st at the request of authorities in the US where she is wanted for allegedly violating Iran sanctions. Her arrest has infuriated Beijing which had warned that Canada will face “serious consequences” if she was not quickly released. One week later, two Canadian nationals weredetainedin China on suspicion of “engaging in activities harming China’s national security.” A month after that, a Canadian drug smuggler who was arrested in China had his sentence changed from 15 years in prisonto death.
Beijing has similarly warned the US not to proceed with Meng’s extradition. However, the US has told Canada that it will issue a formal extradition request. It has until January 30th to do so.