Fight around Huawei. In response to Ottawa’s decision to initiate the extradication of the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei in the United States, detained in Vancouver, Myung Wenzhou filed a lawsuit against the government, the Border Service and the federal police of Canada. The lawsuit alleges that the arrest of Wenzhou was accompanied by serious violations of her constitutional rights: she was detained, searched and interrogated without charge and without the opportunity to seek help from
to a lawyer.
Almost simultaneously, Beijing accused two Canadian citizens detained in December of attempting to steal state secrets. The Chinese side notes that these allegations are very serious, and that they are not related to the arrest in Vancouver of the CFO of Huawei Myung Wenzhou.
One of the detainees, Michael Kovrig, is a prominent specialist in international relations. He worked at the Canadian Embassy in China and at the Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong, and, in particular, was one of the organizers of the visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to China in 2016. Kovrig speaks Chinese, is an expert on China and is very critical of the expansion of this country’s influence. Among other things, he opposed the presence of Huawei in Canada. At the time of his arrest in China, he was on leave and did not have diplomatic immunity.
The second arrested man, Michael Spyvor, is a businessman and an expert on North Korea. Among other things, he heads an organization promoting business and other ties with North Korea. He is called a close friend of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Spyvor was arrested near the North Korean-Chinese border in China.
By the way, this is not the first such story involving Canada, China and the United States. In 2014, a couple of Canadian mission spouses were arrested on charges of espionage in China. His wife was released a year later, and her husband was detained for two years. The arrest followed shortly after Ottawa accused Beijing of espionage, and a businessman from China who lived in Vancouver was detained at the request of the United States on charges of stealing military secrets.
Finally, China began to put pressure on Canada and in the economic direction, refusing to supply canola from Canada. Such a decision delivers a painful blow to the interests of Canadian farmers who specialize in serving the impressive and ever-growing demands of the Chinese market.
Canadian maze. Where else to set snow records, if not in Canada? The snow maze in Manitoba received a certificate from the Book of Records confirming that it is the largest maze of this kind in the world. For the construction of a maze of almost 2.8 thousand square meters, it took dozens of tons of strong artificial snow, and six weeks of work for a brigade of twelve people. The author of this project was Clint Massé, a specialist in traditional corn labyrinths, and the budget of the snow labyrinth was 57 thousand dollars!