USA tells Canada to prepare for extradition of Huawei CFO

USA tells Canada to prepare for extradition of Huawei CFO

USA tells Canada to prepare for extradition of Huawei CFO

Asked if China would retaliate against the United States if Meng is extradited, Hua said, "China will, of course, respond to US actions".

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer (CFO), is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters December 6, 2018.

On Tuesday, Canada's Globe and Mail reported that Washington had informed Ottawa of its intention to proceed with a formal extradition request, which it has to file by Jan 30. Relations between the two nations soured after a top Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver last month on a U.S. extradition warrant.

The repercussions, which so far appear to include the detention in China of two Canadians and a death sentence in the case of a third convicted of drug smuggling, will only continue, he added.

While granting a US extradition request would take some direct heat off Canada, the Trump administration's foreign policy of "bullying and being bragadocious" will only continue to erode relations over the long haul, said Brett Bruen, the White House director of global engagement during the final years of the Obama administration.

"We who share Kovrig and Spavor's enthusiasm. must now be more cautious about traveling and working in China and engaging our Chinese counterparts", the letter said. Michael Kovrig, a diplomat on leave, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur were arrested on vague allegations of endangering Chinese the national security.

A Chinese court last week sentenced a Canadian man to death for drug trafficking following a retrial, a drastic increase of his previous 15-year prison sentence.

Officials have until January 30 to file the request but have not specified when they would submit the paperwork.


For its part, the Chinese communication giant expressed hope that the United States and Canada would soon agree to free Meng: "Huawei hopes that the U.S. and the Canadian governments would be able to make Miss Meng free again as soon as possible".

China will "take revenge" if Meng was not completely freed, Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, said in a video posted at the time of the men's arrest.

"China will of course take action in response to measures taken by the US", Ms Hua told reporters. "Everyone has to be held responsible for their own actions".

Anyone with fair judgment would determine that Canada made a "serious mistake" in this matter, she told a regular news briefing.

"We all know that Huawei is a leading supplier in the 5G technology, so losses are inevitable if Huawei is not chosen as a co-operation partner".

The latest diplomatic back-and-forth between the USA and China over a top tech executive arrested in Vancouver is not good news for two Canadians being detained by Beijing, according to a former Canadian ambassador.

U.S. authorities have until January 30 to file a formal extradition request, at which point the Canadian Department of Justice's International Assistance Group has another 30 days to issue an "authority to proceed", allowing the case to go before the Supreme Court. He also called US President Donald Trump a "great president" in an effort to alleviate his company's tensions with the US. She declined to say if she believed there was any history of espionage by the company, or ties between it and China's government.

"We have every confidence that the Canadian and United States legal systems will reach a just conclusion", she added.

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