Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Eastern Ontario (Renfrew County)
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John McCallum shooting off his mouth again. What a dufus.....did it ever occur to him that maybe the Chinese WANT a different government in there since this one is so incompetent.
Former Canadian envoy to Beijing John McCallum says he has cautioned Chinese officials that further sanctions against Canada over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou could help spur the election of a Conservative government, which would be far less favourable to Beijing.
The ex-ambassador, who was fired in January after he publicly waded into the Huawei extradition case, revealed his discussions during an interview on Canada-China tensions with the South China Morning Post this week. The Hong Kong newspaper said Mr. McCallum had been speaking to “former contacts at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Last December, Canada detained Ms. Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer, at the request of U.S. authorities in relation to violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran. She is awaiting an extradition hearing scheduled for January 2020.
Beijing responded by arresting two Canadians – Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig – on alleged national-security violations and by restricting imports of Canadian canola, pork and beef.
Mr. McCallum told the South China Morning Post that he warned Beijing that any more punitive measures against Canada could help oust Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from power. A Canadian federal election is expected in October.
“Anything that is more negative against Canada will help the Conservatives, [who] are much less friendly to China than the Liberals,” Mr. McCallum told the South China Morning Post.