Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Canadian officials make third visit to citizen detained in China

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Russell Knight | 03 February, 2019, 20:37

US security experts are anxious the gear could be used by China for espionage, a concern Huawei says is unfounded.

A Chinese government statement says Meng broke no US or Canadian laws and demands her immediate release. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who runs tours to North Korea, are taken into custody on suspicion of engaging in activities that endanger national security.

China has demanded her release and has warned of serious consequences for Canada if it fails to do so. The ambassador said Meng is a pawn in Trump's trade war.

"The Canadian government remains deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of these two Canadians since December 2018 and continues to call for their immediate release", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, received a death sentence for a previous drug smuggling conviction, a harsher penalty than the 15 years of imprisonment he'd already been given. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian leader should "respect the rule of law, respect China's judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks".

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The departing director added his opinion that Huawei's exclusion from 5G in Australia will cost the nation money, and claimed credit for driving down the cost of broadband.

"For us it just isn't an issue". China responded to Meng's arrest before the Canadian ink on the arrest warrant dried. Wanzhou has been in Canada's custody since last December and the USA has sought her extradition, further angering Beijing.

The findings come amid mounting tensions between the two countries over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.

January 25: Trudeau fires Ambassador McCallum after the envoy is quoted saying it would be great for Canada if the USA drops its extradition request for Meng.

As the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed 23 criminal charges in two cases against Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Monday, the media - mostly government backed - in Beijing on Wednesday suggested the Xi Jinping government to push for negotiations with Washington. Meng is charged with misleading American banks about Huawei's business with Iran. Some of the tech companies say Huawei has a habit of stealing intellectual property.

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