Exposé: HSBC is the 800-pound gorilla in the Canadian courtroom that no one is talking about – the judicial incubus weighing on Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s shoulders. China Rising Radio Sinoland 210904

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Pictured above: HSBC is in the room, but no one is taking notice.

 

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 Yes, THAT 800-pound gorilla 

 

Pictured above: Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, more commonly known as HSBC, was Queen Victoria’s illegal opium money laundering machine, to wash billions in drug cartel money, at the expense of addicted Chinese people, 1839-1949. Today with the City of London, not much has changed since then, through Queen Elizabeth II. To the right, Meng Wanzhou’s entry card, when she was kidnapped at Vancouver Airport at the demand of the USA, 1 December 2018. www.wikipedia.org and www.chinarising.puntopress.com 

I have always loved the oblique, hyperbolic metaphor in English, The 800-pound gorilla (in the room/in the corner). It usually concerns a discussion/debate. The participants talk and talk about the obvious, big-ticket points, at the exclusion of what everyone wants to avoid addressing, pretending that it is not important to finding a solution or answer. That is your invisible 800-pound King Kong. 

 A good example is China and US relations, yet avoiding any mention of North Korea. Fearless, independent, unoccupied DPRK is the Sino-American 800-pound gorilla – that unspoken cipher – which always seems to get swept under the rug, but is not going away. 

 Another one would be Russia and Europe, yet not wanting to connect the obvious dots to that hugely influential Persian Hulk sitting unrecognized next door – Iran. The Islamic (socialist) Republic’s principled influence is outsized by several magnitudes, and deservedly so. 

 Which brings us to an altogether different 800-pound gorilla, at least as far as Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is concerned: Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, better known by its abbreviation, HSBC. 

 

 A very quick recap on Meng Wanzhou’s story 

 

CCTV outtake of Meng Wanzhou, front while being arrested in Vancouver Airport, 1 December 2018. www.scmp.com  

 

Ms. Meng was apprehended in Vancouver, Canada on 1 December 2018 at the behest of the United States, to be extradited south of the 49th parallel. Since then, she has been battling in court and in the headlines to show that US charges of fraud are unfounded, and that she should be released. Since that time Ms. Meng has been under house arrest in Vancouver for 2.5 years, grinding out endless testimonies (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2020/11/16/explosive-expose-blows-the-cover-off-huawei-meng-wanzhous-2018-sting-operation-in-vancouver-canada-the-truth-and-consequences-of-connecting-the-dots/), cross-examinations (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2021/01/23/it-is-not-fair-that-huawei-cfo-meng-wanzhou-landed-in-canada-cant-have-perry-mason-as-her-lawyer-and-be-tried-in-his-mythical-world-of-rule-of-law-such-is-life-china-risi/) and now a series of US/Canadian v. Meng legal team hearings, in the British Columbia Supreme Court (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2021/03/07/this-is-it-huawei-cfo-meng-wanzhous-final-march-kangaroo-court-in-canada-will-determine-her-fate-and-china-us-relations-for-years-to-come-china-rising-radio-sinoland-210307/). 

 

 We are not a part of this case, it would be inappropriate for us to comment… HSBC provided objective facts to the USDOJ (US Department of Justice) – HSBC, 16 July 2020 

 

 What is so incredible about this high-profile, very Sino-American geopolitical jousting match is how incredibly involved HSBC was from the start, and nevertheless, it continues to fly under, over, through and around Western mainstream media, like the perfect computer-modeled stealth fighter. HSBC and Meng in the same headline? Virtually nada. 

 

 It is a long story, so let’s keep it short 

 

A typical HSBC branch bank store front, seen all over the world (https://mobilemarketingmagazine.com/ 

 

HSBC is not just any bank. It is Europe’s largest financial institution and has held this pole position since 2017 (https://www.businessinsider.com/largest-banks-europe-list?IR=T). No surprise then, that it is also a Global Top Ten behemoth (https://www.advratings.com/banking/top-banks-in-the-world).  

 What makes HSBC so deliciously bad is its origins and raison d’être. As detailed in The China Trilogy, (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2018/06/30/praise-for-the-china-trilogy-the-votes-are-in-it-r-o-c-k-s-what-are-you-waiting-for/), 19th century British Queen Victoria and all subsequent royals have bragging rights to being history’s grandest king/queen-pin drug dealers, running the world’s longest lasting, biggest criminal global enterprise. From 1839 to 1949, they shamelessly and venally pushed mountains of opium, and later morphine and heroin – after they were invented – onto, by some reports up to 25% of the China’s population.  

 This Chinese Century of Humiliation lasted from the first Opium War in 1839, until Communist liberation in 1949. It was such a traumatic and devastating experience for the Chinese nation, that every post-liberation leader, from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping always frame the start of China’s long march back to global prominence from 1839. In 5,000 years of recorded history, 1839 was the people’s nadir. 

 

Poster of the 1997 Chinese historical epic movie, “The Opium War”. It was released to coincide with Hong Kong’s return to Mainland China that same year. https://www.vpro.nl/ 

 

All of those illegal drugs going into China and boatloads of Chinese silver, tea, silk, porcelain, clocks, furniture and many other high value products going out to Britain’s vast global empire, represented over the decades trillions of today’s pounds/euros/dollars, hundreds of thousands of contracts, with an equal number of payor-payee transactions. Queen Victoria’s solution to launder all this ill-gotten wealth was to create Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, in 1865, based in London. Thoroughly Western, in spite of its duplicitous moniker, HSBC was the financial appendage of the British Crown, well into the 20th century, while being run under the UK’s economic aegis, until Hong Kong (HK) was returned back to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. 

 

The bad old drug days are the bad new money laundering ones for HSBC. https://unpublishedarticles.com/ 

 

HSBC has always been British, but is still very important to Hong Kong’s financial affairs. It is one of only three banks that have the authority to mint HK currency. It goes without saying that having the power to mint a currency is a fabulous advantage to launder and move money, much of which comes from illegal drug sales. 

 

 Old drug dealing and money laundering habits die hard 

 

HSBC is one of only three banks permitted to mint the Hong Kong dollar, which opens all kinds of opportunities to launder money. www.wikipedia.org. 

 

Which brings us to HSBC’s corporate governance, and it is not a pretty picture. After a century of drug cartels and their highly profitable money laundering, old, lazy criminal habits die hard. 

 In a 2016 article (https://www.forbes.com/sites/francescoppola/2016/02/28/hsbcs-catalog-of-lawsuits/?sh=5ec656d357fc), right when the Meng Wanzhou/Huawei cum HSBC drama was coalescing in Washington, D.C., even uber-establishment Forbes had to note all the regulatory investigations, pending/actual civil and criminal lawsuits that HSBC was facing, 

 Reading it reminded me of Leporello’s catalog of Don Giovanni’s conquests in Mozart’s opera of that name: 

In Italy, six hundred and forty;
In Germany two hundred and thirty-one;
One hundred in France, in Turkey ninety-one;
But in Spain there are already one thousand and three. 

Like Don Giovanni (better known under the Spanish form of his name, Don Juan), it appears HSBC is responsible for multiple violations in multiple countries. The list is as long as your arm. Wherever there is some dodgy scam going on in the world, HSBC is likely to have a finger in it. 

HSBC’s 2015 media release (hsbc-holdings-plc-annual-results-2015-media-release.pdf (dropbox.com)) contains a section on Legal Proceedings and Regulatory Matters. In it, HSBC is unrepentant to its historical, drug cartel core, stating, 

HSBC is party to legal proceedings and regulatory matters in a number of jurisdictions arising out of its normal business operations. Apart from the matters described below, HSBC considers that none of these matters are material. 

 Normal business operations? At least they got that right. Financial crimes are immaterial? Go figure. 

 The following concerns are listed after this cheeky preamble, 

 Anti-money laundering and sanctions-related matters. 

Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. 

Credit default swap regulatory investigation and litigation. 

Economic plans: HSBC Bank Brasil S.A. 

European interbank offered rates and other benchmark interest rate investigations and litigation. 

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (‘FIFA’) related investigations. 

Foreign exchange rate investigations and litigation. 

Hiring practices investigation. 

London interbank offered rates. 

Precious metals fix-related litigation and investigations. 

Regulatory review of consumer ‘enhancement services products’. 

Securities litigation. 

Tax-related investigations. 

US mortgage securitisation activity and litigation. 

US mortgage-related investigations. 

Did they leave anything out? All that seems to be missing is a Hollywood-couch-rapist Harvey Weinstein, or a pedophile-pusher-for-the-powerful Jeffrey Epstein. Mind you, these summary headings add up to many thousands of cases and do not include the ones that never see the light of day. 

Sometimes if you don’t laugh, you cry. 

 

Bring on the dope and rake in the cash 

 

Drugs and money laundering go together like a hotdog and a bun. www.thuglifevideos.com 

 

It was the first item above, anti-money laundering where Meng Wanzhou unknowingly entered the picture, against her will. 

From 2006 to 2010, HSBC USA flagrantly opened the money laundering floodgates. As a result, in 2012 US prosecutors charged HSBC with high crimes, including drug cartel money laundering in Mexico, amounting to at least $881 million. It was fined $1.9 billion and in December 2012, it agreed to a five-year DPA (Deferred Prosecution Agreement), to clean up their act and cooperate with any and all US investigations (???). 

 An assistant attorney general, Lanny Breuer opined (https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/10/07/hsbc-never-left-dope-trade-nor-crown-why-hsbc-is-no-victim-institution-huawei-case/), 

 HSBC is being held accountable for stunning failures of oversight – and worse… that led the bank to permit narcotics traffickers and others to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through HSBC subsidiaries and to facilitate hundreds of millions more in transactions with sanctioned countries. 

 It was the third time in 10 years where HSBC had been prosecuted for similar crimes. 

 

DPAs, oh joy! 

 

No coincidence that the Monopoly card shows a rich, fat cat getting off scot free. Happens all the time. http://www.nerdseyeview.com/ 

  

What are these DPAs? In essence, they are high-level plea bargains for the rich and powerful, while likely getting handed a Monopoly game Get out of Jail for Free card, as part of the deal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC5RQdh40V8). 

Sell one too many dime bags of crack to an informant? You are going down, brother, into the hole for a long, long time – maybe the rest of your life. However, that is not what happens to really serious bad guys like HSBC. Just like street corner snitches, all they have to do is fink and set up USA’s perceived enemies – Huawei and Meng Wanzhou in HSBC’s case, which this exposé strongly suggests they did. 

All those many millions of Americans trapped in the penal system usually have a hardnosed, zero-tolerance parole officer, just waiting to throw them back in lock-up. Companies that sign a DPA, which usually lasts for five years, have a compliance monitor to track whether they are cleaning up their dirty work. In 2012, Michael Cherkasky, Executive Chairman and Head of Exiger Government Services was named HSBC’s compliance monitor. 

 

www.cgtn.com 

 

Not surprisingly, given its cavalier attitude, Cherkasky’s report to USDOJ in 2016 found potential financial crimes and he was worried whether HSBC was adhering to all of its DPA obligations. 

Funny how things work out. In late 2016, HSBC started an internal probe, specifically targeting Huawei. This included gathering possible incriminating evidence on the relationship between Skycom in Iran and Huawei.  

 Why Huawei, Skycom and at that time? These two ICT (Information and Communication Technology) entities include three of USA’s most feared adversaries: Huawei, China and Iran. Talk about a geopolitical hat trick! This, while HSBC admitted at the time to thousands of ongoing regulatory concerns. Yet, HSBC explicitly went after Huawei at the expense of all its other clients. Was HSBC prompted in this direction? HSBC’s DPA clearly states, 

HSBC is to cooperate with the Department of Justice in any and all investigations. 

Remember that Get out Jail for Free card for the rich and powerful. All you have to do is provide “useful information” to the Feds and then you can walk away. 

 Funny how things keep working out. In February 2017, US Departments of Justice, Treasury, Commerce and Homeland Security were said to have had a tête-à-tête on the Potomac, to discuss progress in confronting Huawei, including its business dealings with HSBC. 

 Keep in mind, Trump had only been in the White House for a month. At that time, Peter Navarro, a proud Sinophobe, was his Director of the National Trade Council. Steve Bannon, another “Howling at the Yellow Moon” fanatic was White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President. Mike Pompeo, who foams at the mouth whenever China is mentioned, was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a year and a half later, became Trump’s brash, “Beware of the Yellow Peril” Secretary of State. 

 

Four of the biggest Sinophobes on the Potomac. We could add John Bolton. Top left is Mike Pompeo conferring with Donald Trump to his left. Bottom left is Peter Navarro and bottom right, Steve Bannon. www.churchpatriot.com and www.theunitedstatesblues.com 

 

 Were they there? Did they send briefs or persons from their offices to participate? Nonetheless, their presence in the new Trump administration surely set the anti-China tone. 

 At the same time, HSBC started giving a series of presentations to USDOJ about Huawei and Skycom, based on what they found in their files (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/allegations-link-huawei-to-illegal-transactions-with-hsbc.html). The HSBC show-and-tells lasted until the end of 2017, more than a year. 

 

 

Pages 6 and 16 of Meng’s PowerPoint presentation, which were conveniently left out of USDOJ’s fraud indictment. Why? Because they prove the charges are false! www.huawei.com 

 

Hmm… I wonder if Meng’s now infamous HK PowerPoint presentation was in the mix? 

 Interestingly, up until that time, the US never cited Huawei for non-compliance or breaking American laws. Wilbur Ross, then Secretary of the US Department of Commerce (USDOC) stated in a June 2018 interview that,  

 I’ve heard a lot of the rumors about Huawei. As of the moment, I don’t believe that our department has found any violations of Huawei.  

 Clearly, Ross did not know that USDOJ and Treasury were working overtime to “confront Huawei”. Eight months later, he jumped onto the Trump anti-China bandwagon, singing his praises to the president, now calling the Chinese criminal, during USDOJ’s press conference, announcing its prosecution of Huawei and Meng Wanzhou (https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/chinese-telecommunications-conglomerate-huawei-and-huawei-cfo-wanzhou-meng-charged-financial). 

 

Wilbur Ross, USDOC Secretary doing a 180 and kowtowing to Trump’s anti-China Huawei and Meng Wanzhou prosecution. www.cgtn.com 

 

It is clear that Trump & Co. were itching to take on China, Inc., and Huawei was a big, fat target from day one. In truth, targeting Huawei began even earlier under Obama (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-huawei-tech-insight-idUSKCN1QN2A8). Nonetheless, kidnapping Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver Airport on 1 December 2018 was just one more Machiavellian, Great Game tactic to try to achieve their goals. It is what empires do. 

 

 Now, full circle back to that infamous Meng-HSBC meeting in 2013 

 

www.cgtn.com 

 

Nothing about Meng’s meeting with Alan Thomas, HSBC’s then deputy head of global banking for the Asia Pacific, makes any sense, and with knowledge of the first half of this exposé’s context, it is therefore highly suspect. 

 First, since when do high level executives meet in an openly public place to discuss internal information? Entitled, Trust, Compliance and Cooperation, CGTN reported that Meng’s PowerPoint presentation was considered confidential, since it exclusively focused on Huawei’s business relationship with Iranian Skycom, and not the usual boilerplate compliance format for annual reports and media releases. 

 According to the story, Meng’s translator was there, since she can’t speak English well. Are you going to believe that they would meet in a Hong Kong restaurant, with Chinese waiters milling about and likely Chinese guests sitting at nearby tables, for all to listen in? They could have gotten a private dining room, but still, local formality would have, at a minimum, called for tea and snacks to be served, which meant waiters were in and out.  

 This was not an Amway meeting. The whole restaurant scenario is simply too preposterous to consider.  

 Alan Thomas was a high-level officer of global banking giant HSBC and Meng was and still is the CFO of the world’s biggest and most successful Information and Communication Technology company. They work in the billions of euros and dollars. Do you honestly believe that someone of Thomas’ level and caliber did not get an advanced copy of the presentation, to study and prepare questions and comments?  

 The idea is beyond absurd. 

 Next, who invited whom? HSBC divulged in their sudden, rush 2016 internal Huawei probe that it was Huawei that requested the meeting with Thomas (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-hsbc-exclusive-idUSKCN1QF1IA).  

 Really? Someone with apparent knowledge of what happened disagrees (https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-07-26/A-person-in-the-know-reveals-more-details-on-Meng-Wanzhou-s-case-SrFn7Oqt4A/index.html). On condition of anonymity, in front of a camera, they said this meeting was not arranged through normal protocol channels. At Meng’s and Thomas’ levels, a formal invitation would have been sent via email. This was not done. HSBC has not produced any email to show it was Huawei’s initiative and neither has Huawei, which means if Huawei accepted the invitation outside protocol channels, they were still naïve back in those early days. 

 So, how was it arranged? Can you picture Meng or Thomas picking up the phone and saying, 

 Hey, let’s meet at a restaurant and talk about Huawei’s relationship with Iranian Skycom! 

 Highly doubtful, but it is possible that administrative assistants could have arranged the meeting by phone. 

 In any case, given that HSBC had just signed their USDOJ DPA, which states, 

HSBC is to cooperate with the Department of Justice in any and all investigations, 

And were desperate to avoid prosecution, who do you think requested the meeting, Meng or Thomas? Huawei or HSBC? 

Next, HSBC Tower is kind of hard to miss in Hong Kong and Huawei’s global headquarters are in Shenzhen, just across the river in Guangdong Province, PRC. 

 

 HSBC Tower, Hong Kong 

 

The beautiful, high-tech, 47-floor HSBC Tower in Hong Kong. https://en.wikipedia.org/ 

 

HSBC Tower is on Queen’s Road, Hong Kong Island. It opened in 1985 and was designed by the British architectural firm Foster + Partners. I have been to HK many times and it is strikingly eye-catching. At 99,000 square meters of floor space (1,065,627 square feet), it offers a magnificent view of the famous harbor below, in keeping with feng shui requirements to assure success and wealth (https://structurae.net/en/structures/hsbc-building/).  

Are we supposed to believe that on 22 August 2013, its many tens of meeting and conference rooms were all full? Thomas couldn’t find even a small one for the CFO of mighty Huawei? Surely, at his grade, his office would have been plenty big enough for Meng and her translator, maybe even overlooking that fabulous harbor below. 

They could have met at Huawei’s HQs too. Today, there are high-speed train service and direct metro lines between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, but back in 2013, Huawei and HSBC could have gotten together on either side of the border via car, bus, train, ferry and footbridge. I’ve taken them all many times. We’re talking 1.5-2 hours max. Very convenient. 

Again, the whole restaurant schtick is total balderdash. 

Next, why was Thomas sent to the meeting? He was HSBC’s deputy head of banking in the Asia Pacific. HSBC, like every international entity of even modest size, has a fulltime compliance and legal department. He was a deal maker, not a regulatory eager beaver. It was like asking a builder to do the job of a plumber. 

 Why wasn’t HSBC’s head of compliance and regulations pegged for the meeting? 

Ditto Meng. As Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, her job is to count beans. Along with securing funding, that what financial bosses do. 

 Why didn’t HSBC ask Huawei’s legal expert to talk about Iranian Skycom? 

 

www.cgtn.com

 

Song Liuping is Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer and Compliance Officer, based in Shenzhen, maybe on the same floor as Meng. He oversees a team of more than 1,500 regulatory bloodhounds, and for which the company began these efforts “very early on and investing hugely”, to satisfy its global compliance management, from senior officers on down. This, while Huawei had, since 2009-2010 been in regular contact with USDOC, for trade compliance, including de minimis rules, CISADA (US sanctions) and making sure Huawei fully understood all US laws, as well as newly enacted laws.

Song visited USDOC several times for consultations and the bilateral briefings took place every 18-24 months. Unfortunately, this stopped in 2016 (three years after the Meng-Thomas meeting), when Huawei learned they were being investigated by the USA.

Are you trying to tell me HSBC did not know who Song Liuping was, or that Huawei did not have a Legal/Compliance Department? Why didn’t they invite Song or one of his deputy chiefs – regulatory experts all – to get it straight from the horse’s mouth?

 

Ren Zhengfei as a young man, when he was in the People’s Liberation Army. www.chinarising.puntopress.com 

 

Is it because this horse is not Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei’s daughter and Meng is? Ren was and still is reviled in Cold Warrior Washington, since he is a retired People’s Liberation Army (PLA) deputy regimental leader (IT-Information Technology), close to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and is proud to share Mao Zedong Thought with the company’s 200,000 workers, for inspiration and business insights (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2020/05/14/ren-zhengfei-founder-of-huawei-says-my-mentor-is-chairman-mao-zedong-im-not-surprised-are-you-china-rising-radio-sinoland-200515/), these latter who share in the world’s largest employee-owned corporation (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2021/02/13/huawei-and-its-founder-ren-zhengfei-are-allegories-for-chinas-millennial-governance-and-its-people-a-reflective-look-at-his-post-trump-biden-era-press-conference-this-week-china-rising-rad/)?  

 For anti-communist neoliberals, there’s not a lot to like here. 

 Alan Thomas has done very well for himself in the ensuing years. Today, he is an HSBC Trustee on the Board of Directors: Member of Asset & Liability Committee and Member of Audit & Risk Committee. Nice, cushy job. Was Thomas rewarded for a dirty deed well done (https://futurefocus-staging.staff.hsbc.co.uk/trustees)?  

 

 Poor, pitiful HSBC. Boo-hoo-hoo! 

 

The fabulous Hong Kong Island skyline at night. The tallest building in the middle is the International Commerce Center. Just to its right is the Citigroup Tower. Further to the right is HSBC Tower, decked out in red and Standard Chartered is just to its right. BNP Paribas cannot be far off. These four “victim institutions” are peas in a pod. www.wallpaperflare.com 

 

Incredibly, in the US case to extradite Meng from Canada, the US stated that HSBC is one of four “victim institutions” (Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, along with HSBC), for exposing them to both economic and reputational risks (sic). (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-huawei-tech-canada-idUSKCN1VB0LK).  

 Talk about Orwellian doublespeak. War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength, and now we can add to 1984HSBC Is the Victim! 

 

Einar Tangen is active in China-related media. www.youtube.com 

 

Einar Tangen, a former US prosecutor, mind you, did not mince his words, outraged that, 

 No, not one (the four “victim institutions”). Not one single one or any of them were interdicted at an airport and held, based on a warrant. No, they were all given a pass. Not one of them is in jail. 

 We are talking about criminality on a vast scale. And now, you understand what was HSBC’s driving force here; what they wanted to do was to hand something over to the US Government, the Department of Justice, that would curry favor. 

 Bingo! Which, of course worked like a charm. Throwing clients under the proverbial imperial bus and selling them down Snitch River pays big dividends. On 11 December 2017, at the conclusion of HSBC’s five-year DPA, the bank was completely exonerated of all Mexican drug cartel money laundering charges, “since HSBC had lived up to all its commitments to improve control and compliance measures (sic)”. 

 What a coincidence (https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/16-308/16-308-2017-07-12.html).  What was not mentioned sotto voce, was the most important clause in HSBC’s DPA, 

HSBC is to cooperate with the Department of Justice in any and all investigations. 

Einar Tangen went on to say, 

 This is not a game of Go Fish, right? The idea that we are more civilized today than we were in the past… How is that possible, when in essence he (Trump) has kidnapped her? Alright? He’s holding her for ransom, against her father and the Chinese government, and her own liberty, for his own political gain. 

 

Some principled souls in the West know that Meng’s kidnapping is illegal. https://www.legalreader.com/  

 

The whole Meng Wanzhou Huawei saga is a tawdry tale of imperial bullying and global capitalist treachery. HSBC has always been at the center of this story and still is. In fact, it has been in many more, going back to its founding by Queen Victoria, in 1865. 

 

 Appendix – Evil deeds done most foul, ad infinitum 

 

HSBC’s criminal hits just keep on coming. Remember, it was laughably “exonerated” at the end of its DPA in December 2017. Yet, two months before this absurd high-class indulgence, the bank was already back in the headlines. 

  It reminds me of that classic line from the movie, The Mask, 

 

We can add HSBC to The Mask’s list of bad guys. www.memgenerator.net 

 

30 September 2017 

US fines HSBC $175 million for lax forex trading oversight 

https://news.cgtn.com/news/79596a4e78597a6333566d54/index.html  

 19 January 2018 

HSBC in $100 million forex fraud settlement 

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3163444e79677a6333566d54/index.html  

 27 April 2018 

Ex-HSBC executive sentenced to two years for foreign exchange scheme 

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674e3445544d77457a6333566d54/index.html  

 21 September 2020 

HSBC moved vast sums of dirty money after paying record laundering fine 

https://www.icij.org/investigations/fincen-files/hsbc-moved-vast-sums-of-dirty-money-after-paying-record-laundering-fine/  

 

From the earlier cited article, Forbes couldn’t close out this sordid exposé any better, 

What a catalog of misbehavior. It would be easy to cast HSBC as the Don Juan of banks, lecherous, amoral and deserving to be consigned to hell. But are other big banks any better? 

I think not. 

 

Postscript 

Poor Meng Wanzhou. I wanted to close out with a little humor, a three-minute spoof of Tracy Ullman being interviewed by, why not, HSBC? In the first couple of seconds, it flashes the “City of London” banking district, which is telling, 

 

 Essential reading, listening and watching on the Meng Wanzhou and Huawei saga

 Exposé: It is not fair that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou landed in Canada, can’t have Perry Mason as her lawyer, nor be tried in his mythical world of “rule of law”. Such is life. China Rising Radio Sinoland 210123 

https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2021/01/23/it-is-not-fair-that-huawei-cfo-meng-wanzhou-landed-in-canada-cant-have-perry-mason-as-her-lawyer-and-be-tried-in-his-mythical-world-of-rule-of-law-such-is-life-china-risi/  

 This is it: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s final March kangaroo court in Canada will determine her fate and China-US relations for years to come. China Rising Radio Sinoland 210307 

https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2021/03/07/this-is-it-huawei-cfo-meng-wanzhous-final-march-kangaroo-court-in-canada-will-determine-her-fate-and-china-us-relations-for-years-to-come-china-rising-radio-sinoland-210307/ 

 Explosive exposé blows the cover off Huawei Meng Wanzhou’s 2018 sting operation in Vancouver, Canada: The truth and consequences of connecting the dots. 

https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2020/11/16/explosive-expose-blows-the-cover-off-huawei-meng-wanzhous-2018-sting-operation-in-vancouver-canada-the-truth-and-consequences-of-connecting-the-dots/ 

New HSBC evidence clearly shows Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s 2.5-year, US-forced detention in Canada has been a geopolitical, imperial kidnapping from day one. China Rising Radio Sinoland 210704 https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2021/07/03/new-hsbc-evidence-clearly-shows-huawei-cfo-meng-wanzhous-2-5-year-us-forced-detention-in-canada-has-been-a-geopolitical-imperial-kidnapping-from-day-one-china-rising-radio-sinoland-210704/  

Huawei Online Resource Collection. By: China Rising Radio Sinoland and China Tech News Flash! / 华为在线资源收集。 崛起中的中国的常客和中国科技新闻快讯!写的https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2021/02/20/huawei-online-resource-collection-by-china-rising-radio-sinoland-and-china-tech-news-flash-%e5%8d%8e%e4%b8%ba%e5%9c%a8%e7%ba%bf%e8%b5%84%e6%ba%90%e6%94%b6%e9%9b%86%e3%80%82-%e5%b4%9b%e8%b5%b7/  

Meng Wanzhou + Huawei documents and media, free to view and download 

https://lanbro-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/jeff_brownlanglois_com/EjR2E5PL0jpPsGNEf_Is_qEBm7y1rC4GsoDv4ByKey_IJg?e=xpkIcn  

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JEFF J. BROWN, Editor, China Rising, and Senior Editor & China Correspondent, Dispatch from Beijing, The Greanville Post

Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and BIG Red Book on China (2020). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing and is a Global Opinion Leader at 21st Century. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff writes, interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on YouTubeStitcher Radio, iTunes, Ivoox and RUvid. Guests have included Ramsey Clark, James Bradley, Moti Nissani, Godfree Roberts, Hiroyuki Hamada, The Saker and many others. [/su_spoiler]

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