However, it is clear that Meng’s arrest has affected China-Canada relations at a time when Ottawa is trying to boost bilateral trade.
State news agency Xinhua said in a commentary on Sunday that Canada had “hurt the Chinese people’s feelings” — a phrase registering state displeasure. Chinese state media reflects official thinking.
Many observers have also questioned Trump’s comments in the incident.
“Is it really the job of the president to start intervening or interfering in judicial matters?” asked David Kuo, CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore, a financial services firm.
After all, it’s for the courts and the judiciary to decide if Huawei has done anything wrong, Kuo told CNBC on Thursday.
And if it has, “the company has to bear the brunt of it,” said Kuo. “If they haven’t done anything wrong, then they should be acquitted, and so, therefore, they would say there is no case to answer.”
“We’re not talking about a president who can intervene in everything — it’s not a banana republic after all,” said Kuo.
— Reuters contributed to this report.
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