Canada’s Envoy to China says ‘Misspoke’ on Huawei CFO Case

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In Britain, telecoms operator BT is removing Huawei equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile operations and will not use the Chinese company for central parts of the next network.

Meng's arrest has severely damaged ties between Ottowa and Beijing, which has demanded her immediate release. The Americans have until January 30 to file a request for extradition. Her arrest has also infuriated China's president.

A Chinese envoy on Wednesday accused Canada and itsfor demanding the immediate release of two Canadians held for alleged spying.

"It's pretty likely that by the time they make a request and by the time they ideal it, by the time we have had a discussion back and forth to make sure that we fully appreciate what it is that they're presenting, most of those go through", the official said. And Huawei was already a sore point.

The German government is debating whether to follow the United States and allies like Australia in restricting Huawei from accessing its next-generation mobile networks, business daily Handelsblatt said. Canada has not done so.

In a Toronto-area news conference on Tuesday with Chinese-language journalists, McCallum said he thought Meng had strong legal arguments that could help her avoid extradition. Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping had agreed to a ceasefire in the tariff war.

That position took a serious hit Tuesday when McCallum told a select group of Chinese media outlets that Meng has a strong case that her arrest was politically motivated.

Canadian authorities now say that "Meng may have personally been involved in tricking financial institutions into making transactions that violated United States sanctions against Iran", the New York Times reports.

And then there is the fact that Mr. McCallum's list of Ms. Meng's "quite good arguments" got the facts wrong, suggesting it wasn't a practised message.

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The Huawei case also has an economic dimension for Canada that has strained relations with the world's second-largest economy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has asked for clemency for Schellenberg and has called his death penalty "inhumane".

The ambassador's arguments have been raised before, but by private commentators.

Until now, the process has been carried out at arm's-length from politicians.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday that he is focused on getting detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor out of China and recalling McCallum would not help their case. "That, or course, includes the opportunity for (Meng) to mount a strong defense".

The US Justice Department said it is continuing to pursue Meng's extradition and would meet any deadlines set under the extradition treaty between the US and Canada.

The Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 at the request of the U.S.

The opposition was quick to raise questions of political interference. The representative also noted that China would naturally react to the other nation's next moves, but did not specify the manner of this response. "However, I don't think he should be speaking so confidently since these issues will ultimately be decided by the courts". "The remarks confuse multiple audiences and undercut important messages about our commitment to the rule of law and judicial independence".

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