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Canada again takes the moral high ground

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13.01.2019

It would be hard to find two people more different than detained Huawei executive Sabrina Meng Wanzhou and Saudi teenage political refugee Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. But both women bring out the same deep-seated Canadian impulse that drives its foreign policy – do the right thing even if it means facing unpleasant consequences.

This is not to say that Canadian politicians are more virtuous than those in other countries, but they know that taking the moral high ground usually means domestic public approval.

In Meng’s case, the cultural difference in perception could not have been starker. Chinese look on uncomprehendingly, since it wasn’t Canada’s fight. Indeed, some Canadian political figures have whispered whether Ottawa should have quietly let Meng get on her flight to Mexico and so made her someone........

© South China Morning Post