US hostage diplomacy

Jun 2013
1. Let us look at an amusing demonstration of "The Art of the Deal" by Donald Trump in the full glare of the world. On the one hand, the Trump administration colludes with Canada to detain the Huawei CFO for jailing in the US. On the other hand, it expects a positive outcome in its trade talks with China, claiming everything is going very well.

When you talk business with someone, do you keep punching him in the chest like a sandbag in order to get a good deal? Do you expect the other party to bare his chest more openly, laughing loudly with the remark "Please punch as hard as you can. I enjoy it very much."?

2. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the word "extradite" means "to make someone RETURN for trial to another country or state where they have been accused of doing something illegal". Where should the Huawei CFO return? RETURN to the USA? Is she a US citizen? Moreover, did the US inform or complain about the Huawei CFO to the Chinese government in the past or prior to her illegal detention in Canada?

3. Using an analogy, suppose Mr A's son got a bruised cheek after a fight with your son. Instead of complaining to you, Mr A quietly colluded with Mr B to teach your son a lesson.

One day when your son walked past Mr B's house, he was detained by Mr B and sent to Mr A for a sound thrashing. What would be your reaction then?

EXTRADITE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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