The former conservative Prime minister, canada Brian Mulroney has called on Ottawa to “rethink urgently” its relationship with China, currently in crisis because of the procedure of extradition to the United States committed against a leader of the chinese giant telecom Huawei.
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Mr. Mulroney has supported his successor, liberal Justin Trudeau for having rejected calls for an exchange between the leader of Huawei Meng Wanzhou, and two Canadians imprisoned in China and accused of espionage, a former diplomat, Michael Kovrig and consultant Michael Spavor.
The canadian vision according to which China would become a constructive partner in the international relations no longer holds, ” said Mr. Mulroney, citing in particular the militarization of the south China sea.
“This is seen everywhere: in the sea of China to our two fellow citizens are imprisoned for the sole purpose of protest against an extradition decision in Vancouver (…) it is necessary to rethink, immediately, and urgently the whole of our relationship “, he said.
“We have an extradition treaty with the United States. We have been asked to honour it. This is what we did and what we should do “, he judged, before adding: “it also means that Americans and others should help us and work with us for the release of our fellow citizens “.
Ms. Meng was arrested in December 2018 to Vancouver at the request of the United States, which accuse him of having circumvented the sanctions against Iran and bank fraud.
MESSRS. Kovrig and Spavor had been arrested a few days later, and their detention is considered in the West as a retaliation for the arrest of Ms. Meng, this, that Beijing denies.
Mr. Mulroney has further concluded that Canada should exclude Huawei for the deployment of the 5G in Canada, so as not to risk being deprived of information exchange practiced between the countries of the “Five Eyes” (united States, United kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada).
Washington suspect Huawei of being able to engage in espionage in favour of Beijing, and called fermememnt its allies to prevent the company from accessing the market in the 5G.