I don’t have the answers. I’m simply puzzled.
Reports say that as an executive of Huawei, she is charged with evading U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.
In other words, the U.S. government doesn’t like Iran, and Huawei is trading with Iran. So Ms. Meng is in jail. (Chinese names put the surname first.)
I’ll lay my cards on the table: I don’t have much use for Iran, but I like the Chinese.
Yes, their government is authoritarian. Ours is, too, but hides it better.
They’re not exactly like us, but they’re smart, hard-working, and civilized. They respect themselves, their country, and their history. They’re patriotic. If they weren’t citizens of other countries (principally China and Taiwan), they’d make wonderful Americans. We could learn a lot from them.
In any dispute between China and the United States, I’m on the American side. But if America is to be judged by its adversaries, then the Chinese make us look pretty good.
Now, I really do “get it” about the trade sanctions against Iran.
If the U.S. government tells everyone “we don’t want you trading with Iran,” and companies trade with Iran anyway, it’s no surprise if the companies are penalized somehow. But I’d expect the penalties to be monetary fines or restrictions on market access, not the arrest of company executives as if they were criminals.
One blogger expressed the attitude that puzzles me most: “China simply refuses to respect U.S. law.”
I’m not a lawyer, but I wouldn’t expect most American laws to apply in China, just as Chinese laws don’t apply in America.
What if the Chinese government passed a law infringing on American sovereignty? Would that be okay? I don’t think so.
Several lawyers read this blog, so maybe one of them can clear it up for me.
Like I said, I don’t have the answers. But I find the situation very puzzling.