Opinion: Canada-China prisoner exchange eases but does not resolve tensions
In the end, what Meng received via the DOJ’s agreement to postpone the charges against her was a slap on the wrist. As much as the outcome represents a victory for Canada, the question must be asked: is it sending the wrong signal to foreign companies, autocratic governments, and strongmen willing to do business with countries under US sanctions?
For now, all three parties involved in high-stakes diplomacy – the United States, Canada and China – deserve a collective sigh of relief for resolving a major multilateral irritant. But in the longer term, there is little reason to expect Beijing to play well with the international rules-based system. Now is not the time for the West to lift its guard.