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Meng Wanzhou case exposes the worst of East and West

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China’s “hostage” diplomacy is immoral and reprehensible. But no less sickening is the hypocrisy and moral piety of Western political and opinion leaders.

Among these are 143 scholars and former diplomats who have signed a letter calling on President Xi Jinping to release two Canadians detained in China, most likely in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei’s top executive, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver.

It is a tragic mistake for Beijing to lock up businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who are the type of knowledgeable expatriates needed to help explain China to a Western audience. Canada could have been one of the friendlier Western nations to China. Yet the diplomatic spat is likely to have set back bilateral relations by a generation.

But if these men........

© South China Morning Post