Canada warns United States not to politicise extradition cases

Canada warns United States not to politicise extradition cases

Canada warns United States not to politicise extradition cases

Lu also said it is "hypocritical" to criticize China's detention of Canadians, in light of what's happened to Meng.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and business consultant Michael Spavor were put under "compulsory measures" on Monday, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, using a term which would ususally mean they are in custody.

The arrests of Kovrig and Spavor occurred a little more than a week after Canadian police arrested Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou at the Vancouver airport on a US warrant.

Since coming to power in 2015, the Liberals work to broaden Canada's economic relationship with China has featured regular ministerial visits and yearly meetings between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. She was detained after a U.S. request for her extradition to face charges of violating sanctions against Iran. The allegations have not been proven in court.

If there's something Canadians of all political stripes can agree on, it's that their fellow citizens should not be unjustly detained on foreign soil, says Canada's leader of the official Opposition.

The justice minister could deny the U.S. request if they deem "it has been made for an improper objective", said one official.

"I'm anxious that if the situation gets worse, they might cancel their orders or have Chinese consumers boycott Canadian products - then our business will pay the price", she said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is calling the detainment of two Canadians in China "very concerning".

"I personally believe that if Canada extradites Meng to the US, China's revenge will be far worse than detaining a Canadian", Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin said in a video posted to the pro-government Chinese daily's website on Wednesday.

Freeland's office expressed displeasure over Scheer's comments about the detentions being a reflection of Canada's "naive" foreign policy with China.

Asked whether Meng's arrest and Kovrig's subsequent detention an ocean apart might be merely coincidence, Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada's former ambassador to Beijing, was clear.

Trudeau travelled to China past year but returned home without a formal agreement between the two countries to begin formal free trade talk negotiations.

Canadian officials have not been able to contact Spavor "since he let us know he was being questioned by Chinese authorities", Canadian Global Affairs spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said Wednesday. Neither Canada nor China has formally linked the cases.

Meng is now facing extradition to the United States.

"There was no political involvement", she added. The arrest of Meng is an unwelcome complication.

Supporters hold signs and Chinese flags outside B.C. Supreme Court during the third day of a bail hearing for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, in Vancouver, on Tuesday December 11, 2018.

China last week summoned the Canadian ambassador in Beijing to demand Ms Meng's release, warning of "grave consequences" otherwise.

Canada is the only member of the US-led Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which also includes Australia, Britain and New Zealand, that has not shut out Huawei from 5G rollouts, noted Bild.

However, the approval might hinge on an unexpected requirement: that Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile's parent company) and SoftBank Group Corp (Sprint's parent company) refuse to use Huawei equipment in their respective worldwide networks.

The move to grant Meng bail and stay in her Vancouver home as she awaits a possible extradition will hopefully "lead to a little lower heat" between the two nations, said Ron Davidson, executive director of Ottawa-based industry group Soy Canada.

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