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China Accuses US and Canada of Abusing Extradition Agreement over Huawei’s CFO

BEIJING/VANCOUVER – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the United States and Canada had violated their extradition agreement in the case of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Meng Wanzhou. She also reiterated China’s call for Meng’s release, Sputnik reported Tuesday.
Reuters quoted Hua as saying, “Anyone with a fair trial would conclude that Canada was wrong in its actions.”
The statement came after Washington reportedly informed the Canadian government of its intention to make a formal request for extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou is accused of violating US sanctions against Iran. According to the Globe and Mail, the filing deadline is apparently set for January 30th.
However, Canada’s envoy to the United States, David MacNaughton, has not yet confirmed when the official request for extradition will be made.
That’s a day after former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Richard Fadden, urged the Canadian government in an article to ban Chinese company Huawei Technologies from providing equipment for the 5G services, merely for the security risk it contains.
Huawei officials have not yet commented on the ongoing legal proceedings. Sino-Canadian relations have deteriorated since Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver last month.
The arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer has been decried by Beijing. They then asked the Canadian authorities to release the Chinese national immediately.
Only days after Meng’s arrest, Chinese authorities arrested former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor for allegedly threatening the country’s security. However, Beijing denied that the detention had anything to do with Meng’s case.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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