Canadian PM Fired Its Chinese Ambassador Over Huawei Remarks

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired his ambassador to China John McCallum over his controversial remarks over the arrest of Huawei CFO Meg Wanzhou.

The ambassador had made several comments in the past week that suggested her arrest was controversial. It appeared as if both the government and the ambassador are on not the same page. His comments turned out to be an embarrassment for Trudeau.

McCallum said Meng has sufficient grounds to oppose US extradition request. He had also said that the US extradition request has some serious flaws and the Huawei CFO has ‘some strong arguments that she can make before a judge’.

The ambassador who also served as Canada’s defence minister in the past also said it would be ‘great’ if the US drops the extradition request of Meng.

Meng, who is the CFO of Huawei and daughter of the Chinese telecom firm’s founder Reg Zhengfei,  was arrested in Canada last December over violating the US sanctions. Besides being the CFO of Huawei, Meng also serves on the board of Skycom, a Hong Kong based company who is doing business with Iran.

Canadian authorities arrested Meng on the US’ request whose authorities believe she violated its sanctions as Huawei also does business with the US banks.

Though she was given bail shortly after, Meng is under 24*7 surveillance and has to tie an ankle tracker. The US is planning to serve an official extradition request to Canada for the lady executive. The extradition request is expected by January 30.

At this controversial time McCallum’s comments – on several occasions – have put his government on tight spot and critics feel it is giving Chinese government more ammunition to defend and deny the allegations. Seen as a tit-for-tat reaction, the Chinese government had also arrested three Canadian citizens in China over spying allegations. One of these arrested person has also been put on death penalty by the Chinese government.

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