The retaliation over Meng’s arrest and the jailing of the two Michaels should wake up anyone still holding notions of a peaceful China.
Shane Miller | The Epoch Times
The Chinese Communist Party has demonstrated beyond doubt how ruthless it truly is and the lengths it is willing to go to in order to bend countries like Canada to its will.
On Aug. 10, a court in Liaoning Province rejected the appeal of a death sentence for Robert Schellenberg, a Canadian citizen who has been held in China on drug charges since November 2014. Clearly, Schellenberg was never going to get a fair trial and was always going to be used by the CCP as leverage over Ottawa in a political dispute, as has been the case with Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
A day after Schellenberg’s death sentence, Spavor was slapped with 11 years in prison on trumped-charges of espionage, yet more evidence of the regime’s ruthlessness. Spavor is left with an appeal option—and we can be sure that Beijing is using that, along with the prospect of a similar or worse sentence for Kovrig—to maximum effect in its hostage diplomacy as Meng’s legal proceedings continue.
After a year and a half of getting a taste of what the regime is truly capable of, with its brazen lying and malicious coverup that led to a global pandemic, such actions should confirm to Canadians that this type of hostility is not just an aberration.
These are warning shots from Beijing over Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case, and anyone still holding out hope that the CCP will change its ways and play nice should wake up and realize that this is the regime’s true face.
Shane Miller is a researcher for Probe International and freelance contributor to The Epoch Times.