Let it be resolved . . .
In a rare display of unity, New York Democrat Eliot Engel and Texas Republican Michael McCaul announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives this week, condemning China’s detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor as an “apparent retaliation” for Ms. Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Canada on a U.S. extradition warrant. Before it can be sent to the floor for a vote, the resolution will first need to be presented at the Committee of Foreign Affairs.
Follows move by U.S. Senate . . .
The House of Representatives development follows an earlier move by the U.S. Senate, which passed a resolution on May 8 commending Canada for upholding the rule of law in the Huawei case and “expressing concern about the actions of the People’s Republic of China’s apparent arbitrary detention and abusive treatment of Canadian nationals.”
The coalition that builds slowly . . .
The government of Canada has been working to build a multinational coalition to support its efforts to free the two Michaels, who have been detained since last December, while upholding the rule of law in the case of the Huawei CFO, who is under house arrest in her Vancouver mansion. This new show of U.S. support could add weight to the group of supporters that currently includes the Group of Seven, NATO, the E.U., the U.K., Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.