China Slaps Down Canada’s Justin Trudeau: Stop ‘Irresponsible Remarks’ on Spy Case

Thursday, 25 Jun, 2020

Ruling in the British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes agreed to a schedule jointly submitted by Meng's counsel and the Canadian crown lawyers who are representing U.S. interests in the case.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Pompeo and nations that recently denounced China's treatment of the two men, saying it was important for like-minded nations to show solidarity. The two men were being very first detained in late 2018 in the weeks pursuing the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, main fiscal officer of the Chinese technological innovation organization Huawei, on costs submitted in the United States. Charges against them were announced Friday after a Canadian judge ruled the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou can proceed to its next stage, moving her closer to being handed over to American authorities.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's Canadian extradition case is set to continue until at least April 30 next year, extending a proceeding that has triggered a crisis in China's relations with the U.S. and Canada.

"It has been obvious from the beginning that this was a political decision made by the Chinese government, and we deplore it and have from the very beginning". Beijing has blocked billions of dollars in Canadian agricultural exports.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused the countries of trying to interfere with China's Justice Department.

"It seems that nearly every day we reach a new and grim record", Tedros told a health forum organized by the United Arab Emirates, after Sunday's record of 183,020 new COVID-19 cases being reported in a single day.

In Canada, there is growing pressure for the Trudeau government to do something about the "two Michael" case as it is known there.

Kovrig has maintained his mental acuity, his health and even Canada's national reputation while behind bars, she said while adding, "Quite frankly, Michael doesn't have eight years.he is in a fight for his life".

When asked about China's response if Huawei was banned from Canada's 5G network construction, Zhao said that China's position on the issue of 5G technology remains clear and consistent. They are pawns in a bigger geopolitical drama.

It is "heartbreaking", she added, knowing that Kovrig is languishing in a cell he described in letters to her and other family as a "concrete jungle".

"He has been confined to a single cell this entire time". He has not gone outside. "He has not gone outside, he has not seen a tree or had fresh air to breathe for 560 days", said Nadjibulla.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Monday that the Chinese prosecution of the two Canadians is "politically motivated and completely groundless".

Meanwhile, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, the European Union and others have also pressed China over the detention of the Canadians.

"All those younger adult men are in prison in really complicated situations for one particular and only objective: the actions of the Canadian governing administration, and the Canadian government ought to do something to get them launched", he additional.

The United States wants to proseute Meng for fraud, alleging she lied to banks in Hong Kong about her company's connections with Iran, which could possibly violate USA sanctions.

A person familiar with the situation told CNN a year ago that Canadian diplomatic efforts so far have focused on trying to resolve what remains a complex political entanglement. "We work behind the scenes and in public to ensure that everyone understands we will continue to work extremely hard to get these Canadians home".

Former senior Canadian officials have proposed a prisoner swap of sorts, intervening in the extradition hearing to release Meng in exchange for the repatriation of the two Canadians.

Trudeau responded to the idea bluntly: "No".