The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in December 2018 placed Canada in the middle of a global trade war. Stephen Quinn narrates a story of international intrigue set against a dramatic battle to dominate the economies of the future.
Episode 12: The Two Michaels
The wife of one of two Canadians held in Chinese prisons since Meng Wanzhou's arrest steps out of the shadows to demand political action. A U.S. election looms and Meng Wanzhou's lawyers prepare to turn the spotlight on President Donald Trump's record to claim she's being used as a pawn. And Meng's lawyers throw a new claim of abuse into the mix - arguing that the U.S. misled the court from the start about the basics of the case against her.
Episode 11: Double Criminality
With a key decision looming, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou takes a premature victory photo on the Vancouver courthouse steps. Her fate is tied to a California bigamist who tried to escape the law -- and his other wife - by fleeing to B.C. And tensions between morality, law and politics are examined through an 1860 precedent when Canada was asked to return a freed slave to the United States.
Episode 10 - Charm Offensive
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells the U.S. government not to close a trade deal without settling the question of Meng Wanzhou and the two Canadians accused of spying in China. The CBC's long-planned interview with Meng's father - Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei - falls apart. And despite volumes of answers given to reporters from around the globe, questions still remain about Huawei's role in 5G technology.
Episode 9 - American Trap
Meng Wanzhou goes to court to force the Canadian government to produce the documents her lawyers claim she'll need to prove she's the victim of a conspiracy. An old friend turns up in court with words of support. And Meng's father turns tastemaker with his recommendation of a book by a jailed French executive who claims he was also the victim of an 'American Trap.'
Episode 8 - The Rule of Law
Steve Bannon - the man credited with engineering U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign announces plans to release a movie based on the Meng Wanzhou story. Tensions between Canada and China reach a breaking point and a former Prime Minister weighs in. Protests in Hong Kong reignite questions around democracy and human rights. And Canadians are forced to ask exactly what kind of sacrifices they're willing to make to appease a trading partner.
Episode 7: "The Arrest Warrant"
Grainy video emerges of Meng Wanzhou's first fateful hours in Vancouver as the legal battle over her possible extradition narrows down to the Huawei executive's treatment at the hands of authorities. Did the Canadians conspire with the Americans to subvert her rights? And Meng moves uptown, inhabiting a new house, a new look and what appears to be a new public relations strategy.
For the most part I found this an informative and timely podcast. However, in episode three the host references the Hollywood movie “Argo” when talking about the Iran hostage crisis. Considering that the movie takes considerable artistic license with the story, I would have expected him to mention “Our Man in Tehran” - an excellent 2013 documentary about the 1979 events. I found this oversight somewhat disappointing. Otherwise it seems to be a fairly thorough telling of the case to date, and I look forward to hearing more episodes as events unfold.
Thrill and amazingly informative.
It is amazing