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HSBC suffered no risk of loss as a result of alleged deceptions by Meng Wanzhou, her lawyer told a Canadian court on Monday, as the Huawei Technologies chief financial officer’s two-year battle against extradition to the United States entered a critical stage. But a Canadian government lawyer representing US interests said the fact that Huawei was not a “deadbeat” borrower from the bank was irrelevant to Meng’s alleged fraud. This phase of hearings in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver, lasting until April 1, is scheduled to include extensive arguments about whether Meng suffered an abuse of process when border agents questioned her and seized her electronic devices and passwords at the city’s international airport on December 1, 2018, before police arrested her. The border agents then turned over the devices and their passwords to police.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Her lawyers contend that this was conducted at the orchestration of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, that Meng’s Canadian charter rights were breached, and that the American bid to have her extradited to face trial on fraud charges in New York should thus be thrown out. In another branch of Meng’s argument, her lawyers said they will also press a claim that the US has no jurisdiction over her alleged actions that are at the heart of the case: she is accused of defrauding HSBC by lying in a PowerPoint presentation to a banker about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran, thus putting the bank at risk of breaching US sanctions on Tehran. Meng’s meeting with the HSBC banker took place in a Hong Kong teahouse in 2013; HSBC is not a US bank; and Meng is not a US citizen. Her lawyers thus contend that the US is trying to assert extraterritorial jurisdiction, in breach of customary international law. She denies the US charges. On Monday, the hearings began with an application by one of Meng’s lawyers, Frank Addario, to admit evidence from another Huawei executive about the supposed risk of fraud loss arising from HSBC’s loans to the Chinese tech giant. “We say … there never was any risk that the bank could incur a loss,” said Addario. The US records of the case, presented to the BC court, were “misleading” about this, he said. Huawei, HSBC in Hong Kong court over Meng extradition papers But Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes suggested that risk was inherent to the lender in any loan transaction. Addario said the issue of “remoteness” had to be considered. “You’d still have to show something to get over the [test] that the risk is not remote and speculative,” he argued. Holmes continued to suggest considerations about the likelihood of loan default were less important than that a risk always existed. “One never sees in a fraud case of an outstanding loan … an analysis of ‘all right, what were the chances here that it might not have been repaid’. An omission from numerous judgments isn’t a legal proposition, but surely it’s telling,” she said. Huawei is not a deadbeat and the banks are doing just fine … Whether anyone has lost money simply doesn’t matter in the law of fraud Canadian government lawyer Robert Frater In response to Addario, Canadian government lawyer Robert Frater said that “whether there was any loss is not useful in determining whether there was any risk”. “Huawei is not a deadbeat and the banks are doing just fine,” said Frater, but this had nothing to do with whether fraud had taken place. “Whether anyone has lost money simply doesn’t matter in the law of fraud.” Summing up his opposition to the admission of the new evidence, he said “it has no merit, it’s time to move on”. Putting Meng on trial would be ‘triumph for rule of law’, Canada lawyer says On Friday, Holmes rejected Meng’s request to admit as evidence statements by other Huawei employees that contradict the claim she misled HSBC. However, Holmes provisionally allowed parts of an expert report on US sanctions law. The hearings over the next three weeks had also been expected to include attempts by Meng’s lawyers to pursue evidence from Ben Chang, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant who was involved in her case but now works as an executive for a Macau casino. Chang is refusing to testify in the extradition hearings; legal documents filed by Canadian government lawyers said there were fears for his safety. But a hearing on the matter, previously scheduled to take place on Tuesday, was cancelled amid discussions between the rival lawyers. Holmes reserved judgment on Monday’s application, and the hearing was adjourned until Wednesday. The final hearings in the extradition case are scheduled to take place from April 26 to May 14. Holmes will then decide whether extradition should be allowed, although appeals could last for years and the final decision on whether to send Meng to the US will rest with Canada’s justice minister. Meng’s arrest and her long fight against extradition have upended China’s relations with the US and Canada. China arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in the days following Meng’s detention and has accused them of espionage; Ottawa regards their arrests as retaliatory. Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, is under partial house arrest at her C$13.2 million (US$10.6 million) Vancouver mansion.More from South China Morning Post:Canada judge rejects Meng Wanzhou’s request to use employee statements as evidence in US extradition case‘Abhorrent’ remarks by Donald Trump take centre stage at Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearingMeng Wanzhou’s lawyers say HSBC ‘fully knew’ that Huawei controlled affiliates that did business in IranAfter weeks of courtroom drama, curtain falls on witness phase of Meng Wanzhou extradition battleThis article HSBC suffered no risk from Meng Wanzhou’s alleged deceptions, court hears, as extradition fight enters crucial stage first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
a day agoUS-Taiwan relations: Biden administration gives green light to exports of key submarine technologyTaiwan’s programme to build its own submarine fleet has received a boost after the US approved the sale of three key pieces of equipment. Taiwanese Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng confirmed on Tuesday that Washington had approved export permits – including the first arms sales to the island under the Biden administration. “On the delivery period, we need to follow the procedures in due course and I can’t say when exactly they will arrive. After all, there are operational procedures,” Chiu said ahead of a legislative session, adding that the authorities would ensure the work was completed on schedule.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Chiu did not identify the items to be fitted, but ministry officials had said there were three major types of equipment – digital sonar systems, integrated combat systems and auxiliary equipment system (periscopes) – that the island could not produce and must rely on US technology. ‘If they want peaceful exchanges, they shouldn’t have banned our pineapples’ The indigenous submarine project was initiated by the government in 2016 to bolster the island’s ageing fleet of four submarines with eight new diesel-electric models. The first prototype is budgeted to cost NT$49.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) and scheduled to be launched in July 2024 before entering service the following year. Work on a prototype vessel started at the CSBC Corporation’s shipyard in Kaohsiung, in November. The approval came just ahead of a meeting this week by senior officials from Washington and Beijing. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to meet mainland officials including China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi on Thursday during a stop in Alaska, according to the State Department. It will be the first high-level in-person contact between the US and mainland China under the Biden administration. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan will join the meeting in Anchorage as will Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The meeting will follow Blinken’s first overseas trip to Japan and South Korea, key US allies. A military source said the Trump administration had approved export permits for the digital sonar and integrated combat systems in December and January, while the Biden administration approved the export of the periscope system last month. Chiu declined to comment on whether the exports were a sign of closer relations between the US and Taiwan and whether Joe Biden shared Donald Trump’s commitment to defending the island. Taiwan’s relations with the US – which switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei in 1979 – improved sharply under Trump, who adopted a confrontational policy towards the Chinese mainland. Washington used to be cautious about supplying sophisticated military technology to Taiwan for fear it would be acquired by Beijing. But before Trump stepped down in January, he approved more than US$18 billion worth of arms sales for Taiwan, including some sophisticated items. Li says Taiwan’s politicians welcome for talks if they accept ‘one China’ Chieh Chung, a professor of international relations and strategic studies at Tamkang University in Taipei, said the submarine project had the support of the US. “The Trump [administration] had already approved the export permits for two types of key equipment before he stepped down and as the two sides have a consensus on the sub construction it is left to the Biden [administration] to complete the remaining procedure to give the green light for the last item,” Chieh said. He said that regardless of whether Trump or Biden was in charge, the US saw the mainland as a key competitor and had asked its allies, especially those near China, to strengthen their defensive capabilities to reduce the burden on the US in the Asia-Pacific region. “This is why the US is willing to supply those key technologies to support Taiwan’s sub project,” Chieh said, adding Washington also stood to profit from arms sales to the island. Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of its territory that must be returned to its control – by force – if necessary, has repeatedly warned the US not to cross the red line on Taiwan, including supplying weapons and having official contacts.More from South China Morning Post:China protests after US Navy’s latest transit through Taiwan StraitBeijing keeps up military pressure on Taiwan as island reshuffles security and mainland affairs chiefs‘Taiwan independence means war’: China’s defence ministry warns Joe Biden against siding with TaipeiTaiwan starts building submarine fleet amid military threats from BeijingThis article US-Taiwan relations: Biden administration gives green light to exports of key submarine technology first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021. headtopics.comRead more: Yahoo Singapore »
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