Free the Kidnapped Canadians in Communist China

Last week, we discussed the national security threat to the United States and her siblings in the family of free nations that is posed by Communist China’s Huawei technology company—specifically, in the words of Eli Lake, “that China’s largest telecom company will allow the Chinese state to monitor the electronic communications of anyone using Huawei technology.”

Now, in light of the detention of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, by Canadian officials for potential extradition to the United States to face charges related to the Iranian Sanctions Act, the Beijing junta hamfistedly reaffirms our assessment’s prudential rectitude of both the company and the communist regime.

Per the BBC, not one, but two Canadian citizens—Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor—living and working in communist China have “disappeared” or are being detained by the regime; and, despite the efforts of Canadian officials to raise the issue at the highest levels in Communist China’s regime, neither man has been released.

An employee of the International Crisis Group, which is gravely concerned about his welfare, Kovrig is believed to have been arrested by the Chinese regime “on suspicion of engaging in activities that harm China’s state security.”

Spavor, an entrepreneur with the “Paektu Cultural Exchange that organizes business, culture and tourism trips to North Korea,” had informed Canadian officials he was being questioned by the Communist government. Subsequently, he, too, is apparently being held on the suspicion of “engaging in activities that endanger China’s national security”; and, per Canadian officials, his whereabouts are difficult to determine.

What isn’t difficult to determine in this “delicate situation” is the wicked game being played by the Communist Chinese regime. Sure, using diplomatic parlance, Canadian officials state that there isn’t any “explicit indication” that the Communist Chinese have detained the two Canadian citizens. Yet, one doesn’t need to be have a degree in international relations—more useful would be watching “The Sopranos”—to understand this is doubtless a manifestation of one of the “unspecified threats” by the communist regime in the wake of Meng’s detention.

Bluntly, the Communist Chinese regime is less a government than a racket; and Canada must not allow itself to be intimidated by these socialist shakedown artists.

No, in dealing with these ideological fossils who still try to pass off Communism—a murderous screed of tyrannical butchers—as a rival and superseding model of governance to liberal democracy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must not capitulate to these global kidnappers’ ransom demands, namely the release of Weng. Ever imperious and never wanting to be seen losing face, Communist China is trying to coerce Canada into begging the United States to drop the charges against Meng to secure her release.

Just say “no,” Mr. Trudeau.

Rather, Trudeau should call President Trump and secure his commitment not to drop the U.S. charges against Meng; and, thus assured he will not be undercut by his friends to the south, he should commence raising tariffs and trade barriers and kicking Chinese diplomats out of Canada until his two kidnapped citizens are released unharmed.

Oh, and speaking of Huawei, remember that October letter from Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to Prime Minister Trudeau that warned of joint intelligence activities with the United States, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand possibly being curbed if Canada allows Huawei to aid in the construction or maintain his nation’s 5G wireless network? Now would be good time for Trudeau to affirmatively respond: “Screw those Chi-com hosers, eh?”

It might not have the ring of “tear down this wall,” but it’s a damn fine sentiment and a damn good start.

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.