In the latest development, US Senator Tom Cotton even threatened the Huawei CFO with the death penalty: "“Huawei is effectively an intelligence-gathering arm of the Chinese Communist Party whose founder and CEO was an engineer for the People’s Liberation Army. If Chinese telecom companies like Huawei violate our sanctions or export control laws, they should receive nothing less than the death penalty - which this denial order would provide.”
U.S. senators are noted for their demagoguery skills -- telling their electorates what they want to hear. They aren't noted for their raw, hardly-visible intelligence.
This Tom Cotton might very well be a descendant of a cotton picker who doesn't know anything better than supplying nightsoil for growing cotton.
His suggestion of a 'death penalty' for Meng would act as a boomerang so that any future trips made by any senior U.S. official would be a hazardous journey.
The reason you don't see or hear any leader of any nation threatening or being threatened with violence in their globetrotting trips is not just due to the assurance of tight security, but also because there is this unspoken threat of reciprocity -- it's sort of like the MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) in the field of nuclear defense.
That's why I don't think they will ever dare to move a finger against Meng if she is actually extradited to the U.S.
There is also another school of thought -- that we might want to exchange Meng with that drug convict sentenced to die by the Liaoning Court.
The two cases are as different as pineapples and heroin. One is obviously a case of high-tech blackmail and the other a case of criminal felony. Since water and oil don't actually mix, it is not a possible deal.
If such a deal is consummated, there will then be other Mengs that the Five-eye nations will seize during their transit stopovers in hopes of exchanging future drug lords pushing drugs in China.
The only effective solution to preempt this possibility is to give the convicted drug ringleader the satisfaction of receiving his lethal shot as soon as possible to emphasize the fact that there is no link between the two.
The West understands only strength, not kekeqiqi win-win proposals.
When China was much weaker during the Korean and Vietnamese Wars, our leaders never hesitated to send in PLA soldiers to fight in those two countries, and when the Chinese naval forces were still relatively primitive compared to the U.S. navy, our leaders did not hesitate to safeguard the nation's honor by sending in speedboats against their much large warships.
What do we have to fear except fear itself in countering the threats of the imbeciles in the American Congress who cannot even keep their own toilets open for business in the congressional chamber for the presidential State of the Union address?