Canada has been at the forefront of the US-China conflict ever since the powerful countries engaged in a serious war of words and trade restrictions, with Canada now in talks with China for its growing tensions. Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, is at the center of his extradition case, as China-Canada diplomatic relations are in conflict.
In a major blow to Chinese tech giant Huawei, a Canadian court has refused to allow Meng’s extradition case to proceed. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes said in the 23-page judgment that the case qualifies on the verge of a double crime, meaning both Europe and Canada will be charged in December 2018 at the time of the arrest in December 2018.
The United States wants Meng to stand trial for allegedly violating US sanctions against Iran.
Diplomatic conflict between China and Canada
Meng’s extradition case has become a sensitive issue in Canada-China relations. The Chinese government has repeatedly called for Meng’s release to return to China safely or to warn of diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
The BBC quoted a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that Canada should immediately correct its mistake, release Meng and ensure his initial safe return to China so as not to further damage Sino-Canadian relations.
China has made several retaliatory efforts to force Canada to bow to its demands by arresting two Canadian nationals. The detainees, former diplomat Michael Covrig and a businessman named Michael Spaver, have been charged with espionage. China has even accused the Menz case of being a political case in the United States.
What’s next in the case?
This may be a big push in the case, but there is a long road ahead. The second hearing, scheduled for next month, will focus on allegations of abuse of power and if Canadian authorities follow protocol when arresting Meng. Although Meng is currently under house arrest and a court has ordered his extradition to the United States, he has a long process, which could take at least a few years.
How did it all start?
The United States has ordered the arrest of Meng for covering Huawei’s links to Iran in violation of US sanctions against the country. After Meng’s arrest in Vancouver, China demanded and later threatened to release him. As a result, there has been a change in policy between the two countries.