62% of Canadians say human rights trump trade in China relationship

Irving Hamilton
February 3, 2019

"It will be a setback for China's rise if Huawei, a high-tech giant among Chinese private enterprises, collapses under US pressure".

The results, released Friday, reveal 62 per cent of respondents said China's record on human rights and the rule of law should be more important to Canada than trade investment and opportunities which accounted for 38 per cent of people polled.

The Canadian ambassador to China got his walking papers from Prime Minister Trudeau.

December 11: Meng is released on bail of 10 million Canadian dollars (USD7.5 million), and Trump tells Reuters that he might intervene in her case "if I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made".

"The Canadian government remains deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of these two Canadians since December 2018 and continues to call for their immediate release", Global Affairs said in a statement to Global News.

January 14: A Chinese court sentences Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death in a drug smuggling case, overturning his 15-year sentence from November.

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"We do have another 30 days after this, so my expectation is that we'll make significant progress at these meetings, but I would just emphasise these are complicated issues", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday.

January 16: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, who is Meng's father, tells foreign reporters that Huawei obeys the law, including export restrictions, wherever it operates. China responded to Meng's arrest before the Canadian ink on the arrest warrant dried.

The arrest of the Chinese telecom giant's executive - and her potential extradition to the U.S.to face charges of fraud and conspiracy - have angered China, which says she's done nothing wrong. Wanzhou has been in Canada's custody since last December and the US has sought her extradition, further angering Beijing.

January 24: Huawei announces plans for a next-generation smartphone that will use its own technology instead of USA components.

As Huawei comes under increasing pressure in Europe, Czech President Milos Zeman met representatives of the company to discuss cyber security and other topics, his spokesman said.

The felony charges against Huawei won't help Trump's plan to get China to cry uncle and drop tariffs on American-made vehicles.

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