After the arrest of high profile Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou in December the Canadian government has had to justify their decision to pursue charges. Wanzhou is an executive at Huawei technologies, her fathers company and China’s largest smartphone provider.
Facing charges for fraud and wire fraud Wanzhou is wanted for her companies alleged involvement in trade with Iran, the United states has requested her extradition. Wanzhou is currently under 24 hour surveillance at a Vancouver residence. Action progressing in the court room has seemingly only increased Chinese discontent. The countries foreign minister even threatened “grave consequences” if Canada continues to align its initiatives with the United States, and prosecutes Wanzhou.
Other Canadian Canola companies not officially a part of China’s growing blacklist have reported cancelled orders in the region, could Canada’s Canola industry and 43,000 farmers be at the mercy of Meng Wanzhou and the decision of B.C. courts?