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Canadians a victim of power play between Beijing and Washington

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Two Canadians are threatening the brunt of the power play between Beijing and Washington. They were by Beijing arrested after the arrest of the topvrouw of Huawei, China’s national pride, by the Canadian justice.

American multinational companies encourage their employees to China to travel after two Canadians were arrested for ” activities that China’s national security in danger’.

The arrests …

American multinational companies encourage their employees to China to travel after two Canadians were arrested for ” activities that China’s national security in danger’.

The arrests seem to be a revenge for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the financial director of telecomconcern Huawei, in Canada at the request of the American justice system. She is suspected of economic sanctions against Iran to have violated.

Mix was on 1 december in Vancouver taken into custody. Ten days later, the Canadian Michael Kovrig in Beijing arrested. He is since a year the Brussels-based think-tank International Crisis Group. Previously he worked as a diplomat on post in China. Officially affect the Canadian government in the dark about the reason of Kovrigs arrest and his place of residence.

That also applies to businessman Michael Spavor, who Wednesday disappeared. Shortly before, he had Foreign Affairs reported that the Chinese authorities had questioned. His company organizes trips to North Korea from the Chinese border city of Dandong. He maintains close ties with the North Korean regime.

Trump ‘kidnaps extradition proceedings’

A connection between the disappearance of the two Canadians and the detention of Mix is not officially established. But the timing is striking.

Beijing tilt heavily to the treatment of the topvrouw – also daughter of the founder of Huawei. Last weekend warned of the staatspersagentschap Xinhua that as the Mix is not ‘immediately’ was released, the consequences are very serious”. Huawei is the pride of China and probably has close ties with the political powers that be – though strongly denied by the company.

Meanwhile, Mix again free on bail, but she still runs the risk of being extradited to the US. A conviction can its thirty-year cell yield. If it is at least so far, because president Trump said Wednesday that he has a baton for the extradition would be cross if that helps ‘the biggest trade deal in history”.

That got him a sharp reprimand from the Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, to stand. ‘The extradition proceedings should not be kidnapped for other purposes, ” she said.

Earlier this year unleashed Trump a trade war by high import tariffs to impose on Chinese products. That threatened the world economy is hard to damage. But at the beginning of this month locks Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a file of three months. However, if in that period no agreement is reached, puts Trump in his own words additional rates.

Spy using 5G networks

Huawei plays a key role in this American-Chinese handelsconflict. The Americans fear that China, thanks to companies like Huawei, one of the largest suppliers of telecom infrastructure, a globally dominant position in the construction of new 5G networks.

In addition, the presumption that China, Huawei’s products to spy. Companies are under political pressure to do business more to do with the Chinese multinational. So ran that for several lucrative deals don’t miss.

Also Europe is worried about the Chinese practices, and strengthens itself by investment in ‘strategic sectors’ by lights. Chinese investments are not chosen at random. Increasingly, it is the Chinese government that the foreign investment board.

The foreign purchases to the conversion of China’s economy, away from cheap mass production for the rest of the world, facilitate. With that goal in mind, went last year – not surprisingly – the largest portion (24 percent) of the investments to companies in the hightechsector.

Ultimately, everything revolves around the struggle for the economic and thus geopolitical leadership in the world.

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