Meng Wanzhou

Jim Nickel, charge d'affaires of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, and William "Bill" Klein, acting deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, stand with foreign diplomats outside Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court where Michael Kovrig was tried on March 22, 2021.(Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

At Michael Kovrig’s trial, the world had Canada’s back

Outside the courthouse in Beijing, a phalanx of foreign diplomats took a silent stand for the Canadian who faces almost certain conviction
(Darryl Dyck/CP)

What it’s like to be on trial in China

Kevin Garratt, a Canadian wrongfully convicted of espionage by a Chinese court, knows what Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are about to go through
Vina Nadjibulla (Photograph by Eric Putz)

A promise to Michael

Vina Nadjibulla and other family members have been waging a seemingly impossible fight to free her husband from a Chinese prison. After two torturous years, what does Canada owe ‘the two Michaels’?
Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her house on her way to a court appearance on January 17, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. The United States government accused Wanzhou of fraud after HSBC continued trade with Iran while sanctions were in place. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Talk of a deal for Meng Wanzhou raises hope—and a lot of wishful thinking

A homecoming for the Michaels seems possible. But offers like the reported one to Meng are standard U.S. practice, and China does not look kindly on co-operating with American prosecutors.
Protestors hold a banner and a Canadian flag as they gather outside the BC Supreme Court for Meng Wanzhou's hearing in Vancouver in May (Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu Agency via /Getty Images)

When not to pay a ransom

Shannon Gormley: It is precisely because of the CCP’s status—a thug in the guise of a recognized authority of a recognized state—that its ransom-for-hostages demand is not merely evil but intolerable, and its price not merely high but impossible
A man holds a sign bearing photographs of Kovrig and Spavor outside B.C. Supreme Court where Meng was attending a hearing in Vancouver on Jan. 21, 2020 (CP/Darryl Dyck)

A new message to Trudeau: There must be no ’acceding to the demands of hostage-takers’

While the Meng case reveals a major fault line among Canadian thinkers, a second group has written to Trudeau urging the PM to defend the rule of law
Meng leaves her home Wednesday to go to B.C. Supreme Court. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Canada was warned not to cozy up to Huawei and Beijing. Now here we are.

Terry Glavin: We listened instead to Jean Chrétien and the pro-PRC Liberal old guard. Remember that if—or when—Xi Jinping takes revenge over the Meng Wanzhou decision.
Meng leaves B.C Supreme Court after a justice dismissed her application to be discharged from extradition proceedings. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

With the Meng Wanzhou decision, politicized process lives only in China’s imagination

The judge ruled against the Huawei exec, but it was no slam dunk. If only Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig had access to such an impartial hearing.
Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Wednesday, January 22, 2020. The British Columbia Supreme Court will release a key decision next week in the extradition case of Huawei executive Wanzhou. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. court dismisses Meng Wanzhou’s application to get out of extradition

The ruling is a major blow to the Huawei executive and means the extradition process can continue. Read the full decision here.
Meng Wanzhou poses with friends and family on the steps of the Supreme Court building in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Meng Wanzhou is ready for her close-up

Image of the Week: The Huawei CFO does a cheeky photo-op on the eve of the court decision that will determine her future