Now it would be easy to breeze by the major importance of this barbaric malfeasance cover story, save for the fact that dying empires are apt to find enemies that needn’t be, in the case of the Western Imperium to exert total command and control of the world, and create enemies to pass legislation and military budgets to ‘fight the __ (fill in the blank) menace’ in this case China, no matter how administrations dress up the term, it’s still the new Axis of Evil doctrine. Also at play is OBOR geopolitics.
Andre Damon has called it ‘a kidnapping’, and gives some background. On Dec. 1 she was arrested at the Vancouver airport while changing planes to head to Mexico at the behest of the US justice department, and stuck in jail. She’s been charged with two counts of fraud for breaking sanctions against Iran by way of a Hong Kong-based company Skycom sometime in the past (the Guardian had reported 2009-2014) that US officials allege to be a shell company of smart phone giant Huwawei’s. Her arrest hadn’t been announced until Dec. 3, with reports that the US wants Meng extradited so that he can be tried for crimes whose sentences could amount to 60 years. But that it’s not the issue, just the cover story, will become clear.
Damon reported that the NYT published this ‘bombshell’ the day after Meng’s arrest had stunned the world:
“As Donald Trump was sitting down to dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping last Saturday [at the G20 in buenos aries] to arrange a “truce” in the US-China trade war, the US president was unaware that the unprecedented arrest was about to take place.
This was despite the fact that figures such as Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Senator Richard Burr, as well as National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, were alerted to the arrest. Asked why he did not tell the president, Bolton, who was with Trump at the meeting with Xi, declared inexplicably, “we certainly don’t inform the president on every” notification from the Justice Department.”
Justin Trudeau had also known her arrest was imminent.
But part of Damon’s conclusions were that the US wants command and control of its allies and enemies alike, as in: ‘do our bidding, or you will end up like Meng, or worse. He’d also concluded that it had been down to the ‘Deep State’ to order her arrest given Herr Hair’s ignorance of her arrest. He’d narrated the many Very Important Figures (Ds and Rs alike) that agreed with Pence’s proclamations in an Oct. speech in which:
“Pence demanded that Beijing abandon its “Made in China 2025” plan, which Pence claimed was an effort to control “90 percent of the world’s most advanced industries, including robotics, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.”
Some applauded Weng’s arrest, noting that the Orange One hadn’t been hard enough on ‘the Great Competitor China’; some media was silent. The US trade rep scoffed at the notion that her arrest would stop the negotiations with China in their tracks, claiming this wasn’t a trade issue, but a law enforcement issue. Ho, ho, ho
China, of course, is not amused. A number of quotes via RT, Dec. 10: inhumane, has been subjected to rude and degrading treatment, It seems that the Canadian detention facility is not offering her the necessary health care,”, and those are just about her prison stay. China has had a hella lot more to say on her arrest (wsws.org). One I’d admired was ‘The Chinese people are crying’.
Apparently the 5-eyes NSA nations have begun to blockade Huawei devices and wireless networks because Huawei’s 5G encryption can’t be busted by the NSA (according to ‘AI Superpowers : China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order’ by Kai-Fu Lee — the author worked for Google in the Valley and in China with the start-ups) while US devices often have built-in backdoors for spying exploits, rather easily obtained by threats to the manufacturers, and NOT because they fear Chinese Spying by Huawei.
Wsws (link above) also quotes Marco Rubio as declaring that he would introduce legislation to ban the companies from operating in the US. “Huawei and ZTE and multiple Chinese companies pose a threat to our national interests, our national economic interests and our national security interests”.
“‘Tom Holland of Gavekal Research pointed out last Friday that 33 of Huawei’s 92 main suppliers are US companies, including chipmakers Intel, Qualcomm, and Micron, and software firms Microsoft and Oracle. “If Washington now prohibits these companies from selling to Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant will struggle to survive,” Holland wrote in a note.’ (Well, that’s part of the point isn’t it? Those sneaky yellow devils will spy on us, and beat us in the IT competition to boot! Can’t have that after Obomba’s ‘pivot to Asia’, and DT’s ‘Great Competitors’ doctrine.
Huwawei’s 5G wireless network is for smart phones, robotics, including kitchen appliances, and driverless cars, iirc.
Her bail hearing lasted for four days, but she was granted it. According to RT:
“Meng’s bail, already steep at C$10 million including C$7.5 million cash, also included five sureties or guarantors. She is required to turn over all passports and travel documents and cannot apply for new documents. Additionally, she must be accompanied by a security detail when leaving her residence and is required to wear an ankle bracelet to ensure she does not leave her residence between the hours of 11pm and 6am.”
“However, the judge acknowledged that Meng has no criminal record in China or elsewhere and that she was arrested on a provisional warrant. The US has not made an official extradition request. [my understanding is that the Feb. 6 date will be an extradition hearing, which the judge posited could take many months.]
“The conditions of Meng’s bail require her to remain in British Columbia and live at one of her Vancouver homes. She must permit the security companies overseeing her monitoring to gain access to that home and pay for all security costs associated with her surveillance.
She is due back in court on February 6. In a statement, Huawei said it had “every confidence the Canadian and US legal systems will reach a just conclusion in the following proceedings.”
The same RT piece quotes Trump:
“US President Trump said he might intervene on behalf of Huawei’s CFO if it benefits US trade interests with China. Meng Wanzhou, whose bail includes strict conditions, faces extradition to the US and up to 30 years in prison.
“If I think it’s good for what will certainly be the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump told Reuters. He has spoken with the Justice Department and Chinese officials about Meng’s case.”
Whatever the hell that means.
Huawei Launches Full Range of 5G End-to-End Product Solutions’, Feb 26, 2018, huwaiwei.com (It’s all geek to me)
China and Russia have been both helping out the beleaguered by illegal sanctions Venezuela, and Washington ain’t likn’ it one bit..
Now you may remember this anonymous charity video: ‘Anonymous Message: “Integrity Initiative” The Collective is Under Attack. 11/24/2018, one part from a very inspirational and topical message of ending our slavery under the elites, and a number of call-yourselves-to-arms…if you will shake off your fears.
“Not only will censorship make it impossible to real news to be on public platforms and social media, but 5G eliminates the possibilities of encryption. It will eliminate the Deep Web, and will thereby eliminate Us, the anonymous charity.”
Does he mean all 5G, Usian, British, and Chinese? On all devices not just SmartPhones? Beats me. I know you’ll share what you know, believe, and so on any or all of this recent ploy against a multi-polar world.
on edit 12/13: b at MOA’s covering the gangsterism, and he’s quoted this evidence of Western abject hypocr’sy from Jeffrey Sachs (???); the asia times had grabbed it :
“Meng is charged with violating US sanctions on Iran. Yet consider her arrest in the context of the large number of companies, US and non-US, that have violated US sanctions against Iran and other countries. In 2011, for example, JPMorgan Chase paid US$88.3 million in fines for violating US sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan. Yet chief executive officer Jamie Dimon wasn’t grabbed off a plane and whisked into custody.
And JPMorgan Chase was hardly alone in violating US sanctions. Since 2010, the following major financial institutions paid fines for violating US sanctions: Banco do Brasil, Bank of America, Bank of Guam, Bank of Moscow, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Clearstream Banking, Commerzbank, Compass, Crédit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo, JP Morgan Chase, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, National Bank of Pakistan, PayPal, RBS (ABN Amro), Société Générale, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Trans-Pacific National Bank (now known as Beacon Business Bank), Standard Chartered, and Wells Fargo.
None of the CEOs or CFOs of these sanction-busting banks was arrested and taken into custody for these violations. In all of these cases, the corporation – rather than an individual manager – was held accountable. Nor were they held accountable for the pervasive lawbreaking in the lead-up to or aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, for which the banks paid a staggering $243 billion in fines, according to a recent tally.”
(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)