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Idea Of Stopping Extradition Of Huawei CFO To United States Rejected By Canada


Idea Of Stopping Extradition Of Huawei CFO To United States Rejected By Canada
Suggestions being put forward to the Canadian government to block the extradition of the chief financial officer of he Chinese telecom and tech giant Huawei Technologies to the United States has been turned down by the government.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland dismissed such suggestions on Thursday and claimed that the government following such a path would create a very dangerous precedent for others to follow later.
Last December, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhoum, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei as well as the daughter of the founder of the company, at the behest of the US. the Trump administration had charged Meng and Huawei of violating the sanctions imposed on Iran by doing business with Iranian companies in a roundabout manner and not disclosing it. According to reports, Meng is currently under house arrest in Canada and it is expected that she would be fighting the extradition case against her starting January next year.
Earlier, while strongly demanding that the Canadian government release Meng with immediate effect, the Chinese government had also detained two Canadians charges of spying against the country. To increase pressure on Canada, China had also stopped banned the importing of canola seed into the country from Canada. Following these actions, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to say that he feared further retaliation from China.
The idea pr the suggestion of the Canadian government intervening to stop the extradition case against Meng and consequently mend the country’s ties with Beijing was floated by the former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, according to a report published in The Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday.
"When it comes to Ms Meng there has been no political interference ... and that is the right way for extradition requests to proceed," Freeland told a televised news conference in Washington.
"It would be a very dangerous precedent indeed for Canada to alter its behaviour when it comes to honouring an extradition treaty in response to external pressure," she added. She also said that Canadians across the world would be made less safe by such an action.
Till such time that the fate and the future of Meng is resolved, there is little chance of the relations between Canada and China improving, say a number of Canadian officials according ot news reports.
An examination of the possibility of whether it would be "appropriate or desirable" to ask for a one to one meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Canadian prime minister Trudeau at the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit scheduled to be held in Japan later this month, would be conducted, Trudeau said last week.
Trudeau is expected to address the case of the two detained Canadians during his plans for a visit by him to Washington for talks on June 20.