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1. The following are excerpts from a news report, dated August 23, 2019, under the headline "Huawei's Meng Wanzhou not a bargaining chip, says Pompeo".|
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denied that a Huawei executive is being detained in Canada as a bargaining chip in the US-China trade war.
Meng Wanzhou, 47, was arrested in Canada in December at the request of the US.
The US wants her extradited to be tried on charges of fraud linked to alleged violation of sanctions on Iran.
Her lawyers have argued the arrest was politically motivated, quoting US President Donald Trump's own remarks.
The case has soured relations between China, Canada and the US.
Mr Pompeo was asked on Thursday at a news conference in Ottawa whether he saw Ms Meng's detention as something that could be used by the US to its advantage in trade talks.
"No," said America's top diplomat, who was in the Canadian capital to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.
President Trump has previously suggested he might intervene in the executive's case if it would help secure a trade deal with China....
Ms Meng is currently living under house arrest in Vancouver, Canada, and is waging a legal battle against extradition to the US.
Canada has confirmed reports that it has halted travel to China for its local consulate employees in Hong Kong, though not its diplomats....
Mr Pompeo said the US would continue to raise the matter of the two Canadians' "unlawful detention" with China "until such time as they're home and returned to their families".
He also rejected any comparison of Ms Meng's case to Mr Spavor and Mr Kovrig's.
China, he told a journalist, wants "to talk about these two as if they're equivalent, as if they're morally similar, which they fundamentally are not". (End excerpts)
2. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's endless detention is reminiscent of the detention of Zhang Qian (張騫; died 113 BCE) by the Xiongnu during the Han Dynasty. Zhang Qian managed to return to China after 13 years of travelling in Central Asia, India, Pakistan and even as far as Mesopotamia.
In a Chinese television drama about Emperor Wu of Han, there was a touching scene showing Zhang Qian trudging into the imperial court with a walking stick. While all the court officials were kneeling down with their faces to the ground, Emperor Wu got up from his throne and walked towards him to hold his hand.
The Huawei CFO, however, may not be so fortunate as she may have to spend the rest of her life in Canada or the US either under house arrest or in a prison, without any hope of ever seeing her motherland again.