fredag 21. desember 2018

Huawei arrest may dash Canada's hopes for 'essential' trade deal with China

Amid an increasingly bitter diplomatic feud sparked by the detention of a senior Huawei executive in Vancouver, a highly coveted free trade deal between Canada and China looks increasingly unlikely. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of telecom giant Huawei – and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians – has halted negotiations between the two countries. And as the United States prepares to request Meng’s extradition in the coming weeks, China has vowed to unleash punitive measures.

“This current problem with the extradition proceedings has caused a major disruption in the relationship, far beyond what might have been foreseen,” said Lawrence Herman, an international trade lawyer based in Toronto.