Kommersant: China takes tit-for-tat action against Canada for Huawei executive’s arrest | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Kommersant: China takes tit-for-tat action against Canada for Huawei executive’s arrest

Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council Ivan Timofeev told Kommersant that the United States had violated the usual procedure and turned an administrative case into a political one. "In the past year, US authorities closed six cases against commercial companies breaching US sanctions," the paper quoted the expert as saying. "There were three US companies, one Chinese, one Swedish and one French. Neither of the cases involved arrests and resulted only in fines to the US Department of the Treasury," he noted. According to Timofeev, the reasons behind Meng Wanzhou’s arrest are hard to understand as in the past, Chinese companies (namely ZTE) often times preferred to cooperate with the Treasury Department and pay fines for supplying equipment to Iran and North Korea. "Because of the Chinese woman’s arrest, the issue was taken from the financial level to the political one so the Chinese provided a political response, detaining two Canadians," he explained. Timofeev also supposed that it would only foment tensions because the US and Canada were highly likely to impose additional sanctions on those involved in the move.

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