China firmly opposes Canada judge ruling on Meng Wanzhou case: spokesperson

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

"Huawei continues to stand with Ms Meng in her pursuit for justice and freedom", Huawei said in a statement.

"We have repeatedly expressed confidence in Ms Meng's innocence".

Reid Weingarten, a US lawyer for Meng, said Meng should "not be a pawn or a hostage" in the China-US relationship.

However, British Columbia's Superior Court Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes ruled, "Ms. Meng's approach. would seriously limit Canada's ability to fulfill its worldwide obligations in the extradition context for fraud and other economic crimes".

The Meng dispute - which has plunged Sino-Canadian relations to an all-time low - did not dissuade Canada from signing on to the statement that criticizes China for imposing a national-security law on Hong Kong.

The second phase of the extradition hearing is expected to start in June when the court will decide if Meng's arrest in Canada was conducted lawfully.

Canada's extradition treaty with the U.S. requires the suspect to be accused of an act that would be regarded as a criminal offense in both territories.

Last year China suspended the licences of two major Canadian shippers, Glencore Plc's Canadian grain unit Viterra and Richardson International, citing pest and quarantine concerns, although the move was widely seen as retaliation over Meng's arrest.

"We will continue to defend our interests and our values", added Trudeau.

The embassy said the US and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily took compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen without cause.

"The objective of the United States is to bring down Huawei and other Chinese high-tech companies, and Canada has been acting in the process as an accomplice of the United States". "The whole case is entirely a grave political incident".

The Trump administration has come down heavily on Huawei and blocked the shipment of semiconductors to the firm from global chipmakers. Canola futures fell 0.5 per cent to $461.40 a ton on ICE Futures NY on Thursday. Critics say it would allow state security agencies to operate more freely, leading to fears of a crackdown. "The worldwide community has a significant and longstanding stake in Hong Kong's prosperity and stability", the statement said.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference in Ottawa January 9, 2020. The industry will continue to work toward a solution, he said. "We are more interconnected as a world than we have ever been, and we can not simply look to ourselves and hope everyone does better on their own".

"China will also seek to lash out at Canada". It's facing off against Ireland and Norway for two available seats in its grouping, now held by Belgium and Germany.

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