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The Meng Wanzhou dog-and-pony show… literally


Bob Mackin

The saga of Meng Wanzhou is fraught with geopolitical intrigue. 

Some wags say it’s a kind of dog-and-pony show. 

The Huawei chief financial officer, arrested Dec. 1 at Vancouver International Airport, has lived comfortably on-bail for more than a month at the $5 million Dunbar house in the name of her husband, Liu “Carlos” Xiaozong. 

Dog and pony walked across from Meng Wanzhou’s Dunbar house on Jan. 24 (photo submitted)

Security guards and sport utility vehicles surround her house around the clock. She is allowed to travel around the City of Vancouver and parts of Richmond and the North Shore between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. She has accepted a variety of visitors, some bearing gifts. 

Meng has a date at the Law Courts on Feb. 6, to fix a date for her extradition proceedings. The United States is expected to submit its case to Canadian officials by the Jan. 30 deadline. 

Will comments by President Donald Trump and Canadian ambassador to China John McCallum undermine the court process? Trump suggested Meng could be a bargaining chip to reach a better trade deal with China. McCallum suggested Meng has a strong defense to avoid extradition to the U.S., where she could be jailed for 30 years if convicted of fraud.

Meng’s lifestyle is in stark contrast to the treatment of Canadian businessman Michael Spavor and diplomat Michael Kovrig, who were arbitrarily arrested and jailed in China in retaliation for Meng’s arrest.

A source of who was in the neighbourhood on Jan. 24 found none other than Chinese-American Internet celebrity Brother Sway. 

And an area resident walking a dog and a pony across the street. 

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