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Political paparazzi Singapore journalist ambushed Pengshuai in Shanghai. Peng was found in the company of other sports celebrties. It was a surprise interview. The questions of the reporter with the assumption that Peng is a prisoner
under surveillance clearly made Pengshuai uncomfortable. She emphasized she never alleged sexual assault from near or from afar and she has always been safe and free. She said the matter is her personal privacy. She most probably deleted the Weibo post herself feeling uneasy.
Interesting thing is that she put a stop to the endless questions of the reporter on her personal life and said these would be reserved for later revelations.

I think Pengshuai should play a little bit with western media. Let the bullets fly a while.
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#MengWanzhou #TwoMichaels
All MSM condemn China saying the fact that two Michaels' release coincided with that of Meng proves two dudes are innocent hostages. The logic is really strange. The Michaels admitted their spy activities. They are proud of their dangerous 007 CIA
career for democracy. MSM reduced them to insignificant hustlers. They must be hurt and indignant! To show the world their true caliber, Kovrig gave a solemn military salute on arrival.

China repeatedly stated Michaels' arrests had nothing to do with Meng.
However US/Canada wouldn't leave China alone to deal with the Michaels, for the reason Michaels are high level spies under the direct order of CIA. Kovrig was the CIA handler of Spavor. Kovrig used to exercise his spy career under the diplomatic cover and immunity
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#MengWanzhou case explained

In short, the scenario is as follows:
1/ US intended to strike dead Huawei by all means no matter how underhanded. 5G will create 5-10 trillion dollars' wealth and 10 m jobs for China and propel China to No. 1. Huawei must be killed by all means.
2/ US must find a way to arrest Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei or a Huawei key figure and coerce Huawei to handover the technology or face prison and colossal fines. US successfully did this to France's Alsthom. US intends to reproduce the scenario.
3/ Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou travelled frequently around the world on behalf of his father Ren Zhengfei. It looked retty easy to arrest her. She was thus designated as the target. US approached numerous countries for the dirty job. All countries declined except Canada.
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Chinese opinions of #MengWanzhou case only compound how poorly the average Chinese person knows the West, despite regular smug claims they’re much better informed than Westerners are about China. It’s clear that knowledge of their own system contaminates their understanding. 1/?
You can tell they don’t believe there is true separation of powers and the authority of gov is restrained, because that doesn’t exist in China. They believe the courts act at the behest of the Party, which again they don’t separate from the concepts of gov and state. 2/?
You can tell they don’t trust in rule of law and recognize it’s that which protected Meng from extradition, because they presume the legal system is as rigged in Canada as it is in China. There is low trust in Chinese justice and they transfer that distrust to other systems.
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This is it!! #MengWanzhou hearing in US federal court in Brooklyn begins!! She is appearing via video from Vancouver. She confirms her presence. Court gets off to an awkward start when judge calls her Ms Wang, and has to be corrected....
Judge explains she has been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. Meng says she understands the charges
"How do you plead to the charges?" MENG: "NOT GUILTY"
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Breaking news on the #MengWanzhou front today with an expected guilty plea in a Brooklyn courtroom at 10 a.m. PT ... after that - all eyes will look to Vancouver to see if the extradition request is dropped in court here
And so what we will be looking for once a plea is entered is the scheduling of a court appearance here at B.C. Supreme ASAP ... you can follow all the events as they unfold with us here at CBC
Worth bearing in mind that according to testimony at a previous #MengWanzhou hearing - she had a Boeing 777 lined up to fly her back to China in May 2020 - the last time she thought she had a shot at going home
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All quiet outside #MengWanzhou’s Shaughnessy mansion on what could be a monumental day for the Huawei exec!
Read all/some about it…
Her security team is setting up barriers leading from the front gate to a Cadillac Escalade, suggesting an exit soon (ish)
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#Iran no good for not being able to blow up even just 1 #atomicbomb. #CCP should arrest 8 more #Canadians & kill all 10 if #Canada dares to send #MengWanzhou to #US. #China needs a big purge, ppl like #VickyZhao should all be arrested. #XiJinping needs to learn from Chairman Mao
This is another speech by #LiYi, in which he laughed over the fact that only 4K people died (almost equals to 0 according to him) of #COVID19 #CCPVirus in China, while 220K died in #US. As the result, #China will push #America out of existence.
By the way, his original video is here: . If you care to check the comments, you can find he has many supporters. All reflect the mentality of the #CCP.
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Back after a break now - and #MengWanzhou lawyer Mona Duckett is continuing her submissions with comparisons to other cases ... again - they're trying to convince the judge the US has lied to the court about key facts in the case
She's citing a 2003 B.C. Supreme Court case where a judge stayed proceedings when the United Kingdom sought a Victoria man for extradition in relation to an alleged conspiracy involving the sale of rare coins.
The man's defence lawyers determined that one of the chief witnesses had absconded, another had died, and prosecutors didn't actually know if another was available.
In granting a stay, the judge said it would be "unsafe" to rely on the record of the case.
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This is it! The final two and a half weeks of #MengWanzhou extradition proceedings begin today ... here's a look at what you can expect…
And I will be dialling into the proceedings - which are set to kick off at 10 am PT ... we should begin with arguments on allegations the US misled Canada about the facts of the case ... but remember - this isn't a trial ...
Court now called to order!
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#MengWanzhou has suffered a major blow to her extradition battle, with the judge REJECTING a trove of HSBC documents as evidence… via @scmpnews
Meng's lawyers had pinned high hopes that these documents would prove that the US fraud case against Meng was bogus, that the Americans had misled the BC Supreme Court, and that Meng would be freed. BUT NO DICE
Canadian govt lawyers (representing US interests) said the hundreds of pages of documents were irrelevant to an extradition hearing and should be raised at Meng's trial instead. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes didn't release reasons, but it appears she agreed
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Back now for the start of the fourth branch of #MengWanzhou abuse arguments. This one is about international jurisdiction!! Here's a previous story summarizing their claim…
The first lawyer up is going to be Gib van Ert - a new face on the #MengWanzhou defence team. He's an expert on international law. William Smart will also be making submissions ...
van Ert says what happened in this case is no business of the US. It's the business of China ... and as such US is violating international law ...
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And we're about to begin the final week of THIS chunk of the #MengWanzhou extradition proceedings. Defence will reply on the alleged arrest violations - and then arguments on international jurisdiction begin…
Defence lawyer Mona Duckett says "our case it not that this is a US-led conspiracy" ...
Submissions done on the second branch ... back at 2 with new arguments on the fourth branch - this is the one about international jurisdiction ... see you then
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Today's #MengWanzhou court hearing about to begin. Crown could wrap by the end of day. Here's yesterday's story:…
Curious to know what my colleagues @ianjamesyoung70 and @amysmart1 make of the judge's frequent questions. She seemed to make clear she's considering wrongdoing on behalf of RCMP and CBSA - even without guiding FBI conspiracy
Crown lawyer Diba Majzub says he's going to use his time to review law around seizing of phones and passcodes ... he says the purpose of getting phones was admissibility (which is legal)
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Crown about to resume arguments at #MengWanzhou extradition proceedings ... here is a recap of yesterday's events:…
Crown lawyer Diba Majzub begins by telling judge that CBSA acted reasonably in deciding to examine #MengWanzhou before the RCMP arrested her ...
Majzub says the Crown's argument "in a nutshell" is that there wasn't a "battle for immediacy" between RCMP and CBSA on #MengWanzhou arrival - but that RCMP acted reasonably in letting CBSA go first - not to carry out a covert plot for which there is no evidence
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Crown lawyer Robert Frater says he's going to speak for 30 minutes only - asks the judge to "step out of the weeds"
He says there are two different narratives - the exciting one - and the more "prosaic" one ... the one involving conspiracy ... and the one that just involves two public bodies trying to figure out how to go about an unprecedented situation
Frater tells the judge not to lose focus on the law ... says she needs to keep the applicable test for abuse of process in mind from Regina vs Babos ...…
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The #MengWanzhou extradition proceedings are about to begin for the day. Defence lawyer Richard Peck said he expects to take another hour - interesting to hear the response from the Crown soon…
I see the judge overseeing the hearing has denied an application from #MengWanzhou to introduce evidence from a Huawei accountant who would have said HSBC didn't really risk losing any money - suggesting the allegation of fraud could not be supported…
The judge echoes the Crown's point on this element of the #MengWanzhou case: "The simple fact of a loan, even a loan that has been repaid, may satisfy the deprivation element of fraud. The law does not require an assessment of the risk of non-repayment."
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Back with #MengWanzhou defence lead Richard Peck who says the failure to take adequate notes amounts to a dereliction of duty for the RCMP and CBSA officers involved in arrest
Peck says a deliberate decision not to take notes is a violation of Charter Section 7 ... because it impedes a person's ability to defend themselves
Peck says "There are problems with mere negligence if that’s what is happening … It becomes much more serious if there’s a deliberate determination not to take notes …"
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Fenton accuses RCMP of "unacceptable negligence" in the destruction of former Staff Sgt. Ben Chang's emails ...
Fenton is done - next up is Richard Peck - on credibility and reliability
Peck begin by saying the reliability and credibility are both issues in the #MengWanzhou case ...
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Back for the beginning of another week of #MengWanzhou extradition proceedings in BC Supreme Court. Defence is still making their case in relation to allegations Meng's rights were violated during arrest…
If you've been following the "trials" of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China right now - please take the time to listen to this episode of our podcast where you can learn so much more about these two Canadians…
Defence lawyer Scott Fenton begins by speaking about the "unprecedented" refusal by former Staff Sgt. Ben Chang NOT to testify at Meng's extradition proceedings ... says "there is a certain shock value" that Chang won't allow himself to be cross-examined
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#MengWanzhou's lawyer used a weird analogy about Meng’s hair colour to suggest it didn't matter whether or not she lied in parts of a presentation to a HSBC banker, that forms the basis of US fraud charges… via @SCMPNews
HSBC could not have been defrauded, Frank Addario argued, because the bank must have known after Meng's presentation that both Huawei and Skycom were working in Iran...
“A mere lie, if she’s asked in that meeting, ‘is your hair naturally blonde or naturally brunette’ and she lies about it – it’s not material to US sanctions risk. Even if [HSBC] said ‘we are only going to deal with brunettes’ …
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I gotta say that AG lawyer Robert Frater at the #MengWanzhou extradition hearing is no mincer of words. Eg: Meng's applications should be "cut off at the knee"...
Tells Mdm Justice Heather Holmes she should "refuse to waste precious court time on processes that have no hope of success"...
Also tells her: "Your duty is not to let this proceeding become a trial...It is not to admit extra evidence on causality in US sanctions law…so that you can decide an issue on which, with the greatest of respect, you have no expertise”...
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China’s consul-general in Vancouver has accused Canada of "brutal interference" in Hong Kong, over its new national security law. And Tong Xiaoling also says the law actually protects Canadian investors in an "efficient" way… via @SCMPNews
@alliancecanhk says Tong’s comments are “part of the larger campaign to influence and coerce Chinese communities in Canada to comply with the wishes of the Chinese government”. It says Tong is trying to falsely depict Chinese Canadians as united in favour of the law
Oh also: Tong praised the @CanadianGreens for their recent statement calling for #MengWanzhou to be released. So there's that too
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