The extradition hearing for Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., begins in Vancouver today.
It has implications for Canada’s exports to China, including agricultural exports that have been disrupted in several ways and times since she was arrested last year.
The United States wants her so she can stand trial there for her role in allegedly supplying banned products and services to Iran.
That’s not a violation of Canadian law because Canada does not have a ban similar to the U.S. one. But she faces a number of fraud charges in Canada which do qualify for extradition status; to qualify, laws of both countries must be broken.
Huawei is the world’s second-largest cell-phone company. Some, but not all, Canadians say the company should not be allowed to develop any part of Canada’s 5-G network, saying that the Chinese could use the technology to snoop on Canadians.
I expect Meng Wanzhou will be set free, probably prompting Trump to somehow try to "punish" Canada. It's a no-win situation; either the Chinese or the Americans will put the boots to Canada.