CHINA China 'firmly opposes' Canada's extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou


China 'firmly opposes' Canada's extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou

By Ryan Yaoran Yu and Chi Jingyi | People's Daily app

08:55, March 02, 2019


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China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to Canada's insistence on pushing forward judicial process of extradition against Meng Wanzhou, said Lu Kang Saturday, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry.

China has lodged solemn representations, said Lu.

China's position on the Meng’s incident is clear and firm. The US and Canada have abused their bilateral extradition treaties and taken arbitrary coercive measures against Chinese citizen, which is a serious violation of the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens. This is a serious political matter.

"We once again urge the US side to immediately revoke the arrest warrant and extradition request against Meng, and urge the Canadian side to immediately release Meng so that she can return to China safely," Lu added.

Canada's Department of Justice announced Friday that it has started extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies.

The Chinese Embassy in Canada said in a statement that China is utterly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the issuance of the Authority to Proceed by the Department of Justice Canada in the case of Meng Wanzhou. 

"This is not merely a judicial case, but a political persecution of a Chinese high-tech enterprise. The so-called 'rule of law' and 'judicial independence' asserted by Canada cannot cover up the mistakes made by the Canadian side in the case of Meng Wanzhou," the statement said.  

The Chinese Embassy also called on Canada to handle the case with the principles of rule of law and judiciary independence to refuse the extradition request by the United States and immediately release Meng.

"The final result of the Canadian court to handle this case will be a touchstone for testing whether Canada adheres to the judicial independence or not. We will wait and see," said the statement.

Meng was arrested in Canada on December 1 at the behest of the US when she was transferring between flights in Vancouver.

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