Chinese state media urges Canada to defy USA, free Huawei executive

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a year end interview with The Canadian Press on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday

The Beijing News newspaper reported Wednesday that Kovrig was under investigation on suspicion of "engaging in activities that endanger China's national security" - a phrase often used in espionage cases.

"We discussed China and the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, building on a conversation that secretary Mike Pompeo and I began soon after her arrest", Freeland said during a news conference.

President Trump, however, has said publicly he's willing to intervene in the case if it would help further his country's interests with China on security or trade - a statement that many saw as tainting the extradition process.

His employer, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said he was detained by the Beijing bureau of Chinese state security Monday night, but it has not received any information since then.

Meng is the Huawei executive arrested at the airport in Vancouver on December 1 and possibly headed to the United States via extradition to face charges of bank fraud and violating USA sanctions against Iran. Hu said Canada "must do more to restore [Meng's] freedom" beyond the businesswoman's release on $10 million Canadian (€6.6 million) bail on Tuesday.

Her case has angered Beijing and shaken Canada's relations with China, which is embroiled in a trade war with Washington.

But Canadian diplomatic experts have said they have no doubt the two cases are linked.

The Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission must also approve the proposed deal between the third and fourth largest USA wireless carriers.

"Conversely, since the Canadian government's wrongful detention of Ms Meng Wanzhou under U.S. direction, many Chinese are weighing whether it's safe to travel to Canada". The CFO faces possible extradition to the US but has been released on bail of $10 million Canadian dollars ($7.5 million).

As far as his business was concerned, Spavor ran the Paektu Cultural Exchange in Dandong, which is described as a "non-profit social enterprise dedicated to facilitating sustainable cooperation, cross-cultural exchanges, tourism, trade, and economic exchanges" involving North Korea.

Huawei CFO freed on bail ahead of extradition
Some organizations have even threatened to punish staff members caught with Apple devices , according to CNN . State Department was considering issuing a travel warning for its citizens, two sources said on Tuesday.

Canadian officials have not been able to contact Spavor "since he let us know he was being questioned by Chinese authorities", Canadian Global Affairs spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said Wednesday.

"They want to send a signal that they don't want outsiders in China to deal with North Korea".

Several countries around the world have now banned (or are trying to ban) Huawei's networking equipment, among fears that they could enable a backdoor for the Chinese government to conduct surveillance.

The shift by the national market leaders, both partly state owned, follows Huawei's exclusion on national security grounds by some USA allies, led by Australia, from building their fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks.

Canada's foreign ministry said its ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, was granted consular access to Kovrig on Friday and is pressing for access to Spavor.

Asked whether Meng's arrest and Kovrig's subsequent detention an ocean apart might be merely coincidence, Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada's former ambassador to Beijing, was clear.

Meng is now facing extradition to the United States.

The decision to arrest Meng earlier this month to aid a USA extradition effort has made Canada the focus of China's ire, even as President Donald Trump's trade war sits at the center of the dispute.

Richard said the security concerns were legitimate: "I absolutely understand that all of our countries, and the French authorities, are preoccupied".

If there's something Canadians of all political stripes can agree on, it's that their fellow citizens should not be unjustly detained on foreign soil, says Canada's leader of the official Opposition.

Related News:

  • Time names Khashoggi, targeted journalists as 2018 'Person of Year'

    Time names Khashoggi, targeted journalists as 2018 'Person of Year'

    US lawmakers have condemned the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. TIME described Khashoggi as "a prolific commentator and critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman".
    Tampons could unravel inside body — RECALL ALERT

    Tampons could unravel inside body — RECALL ALERT

    Consumers can also check if their product is being recalled by entering the lot code number here . Some consumers have had to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body.
    Saudis reject extraditions to Turkey over Khashoggi murder

    Saudis reject extraditions to Turkey over Khashoggi murder

    The new evidence also appears to tie Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even closer to Khashoggi's brutal death. The scene revealed by the inside source was of Mr Khashoggi struggling against his attackers before he died.
  • Trump reveals chief of staff search down to 5 candidates

    Trump reveals chief of staff search down to 5 candidates

    Among those believed to have made the final cut are former Trump campaign adviser David Bossie, former New Jersey GOP Gov. As for other rumored candidates for the job, one of them literally co-authored a book entitled, Let Trump Be Trump .
    Theresa May survives bid to topple her

    Theresa May survives bid to topple her

    She made her first splash by telling Tories at an annual conference to stop being "the nasty party" if they wanted to win. Her position remains very shaky however as 117 MPs - more than on third of her party - voted against her last night.
    Why Googling the word 'idiot' brings up pictures of Donald Trump

    Why Googling the word 'idiot' brings up pictures of Donald Trump

    Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a USA congressional panel Google had over 100 people working on the project at one point. Sheila Jackson (D-TX) in response to her question about the company's Chinese ambitions.
  • Aguero and De Bruyne OUT of Chelsea clash

    Aguero and De Bruyne OUT of Chelsea clash

    I can imagine how intense, how aggressive and how committed they will be. He said: "We could have dropped two points in the last 10 minutes".
    Teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

    Teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

    Detective Gery Mullins said Trejo "explained that Breana waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion". Her family called police about 4.30 am Sunday after they 'got the feeling that something wasn't right, ' Arendt said.
    Prosecutors: Trump directed illegal payments during campaign

    Prosecutors: Trump directed illegal payments during campaign

    However, Trump accused federal investigators of conflict of interest, and alleged they had presented no evidence for their claims. "I imagine that he was one of the people that was attempting to convince the president not to fire Mueller", said Murphy of CT .
  • Raheem Sterling: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri condemns discrimination

    Raheem Sterling: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri condemns discrimination

    Sterling has said newspapers are helping to " fuel racism " because of the way they portray young black footballers. There is an investigation so I think it's better not to say something more. "I condemn any form of discrimination".
    Trump Cites France Shooting Attack as Reason for U.S-Mexico Wall

    Trump Cites France Shooting Attack as Reason for U.S-Mexico Wall

    The meeting occurred several hours after House Republicans dug in on their demand for US$5 billion in support of Trump's stance. Trump , however, claims , "you can't have border security without a wall". "I will be the one to shut it down", he declared.
    Nicki Minaj is dating a registered sex offender and convicted murderer

    Nicki Minaj is dating a registered sex offender and convicted murderer

    In 1995, Petty, then reportedly 16, was convicted of attempted rape of a 16-year-old and served four years in a NY state prison. The "Good Form" rapper recently posted on her Instagram announcing that she is suing Daily Mail TV for allegedly "lying on her".

Most liked

Russian agent Maria Butina, accused of infiltrating NRA, pleads guilty to conspiracy
Butina had originally pleaded not guilty earlier this year, but recently reached a deal with federal prosecutors . On Wednesday she agreed to cooperate for a lesser prison sentence, as she now faces five years.

Strasbourg shootings: Armed police mount operation in Neudorf district
Three people were killed in the market attack, including a Thai tourist named by the embassy in Paris as Anupong Suebsamarn, 45. Chekatt's police file photo shows a bearded man of North African descent, with a prayer bruise on the centre of his forehead.

OPEC's assembly concludes with out yielding output reduce resolution
The price of oil has fallen 25 percent recently because major producers and the USA are producing oil at high rates. Some countries have been applied a compromise within the framework of the agreement on reduction of oil production.

Trump vows to nominate Chief of Staff soon
Trump often complained that Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, was not politically shrewd enough for the task. It was only last summer President Trump said he wanted John Kelly to remain in that post through the 2020 election.

Theresa May no confidence Brexit vote: Suffolk and Essex MPs react
If May secures the backing of at least 159 MPs, she can not be challenged again for 12 months, under Conservative Party rules. May cancelled a trip to Dublin to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, to stay in London and battle for lawmakers' support.

Huge Setback for Modi’s BJP in Indian State Assembly Elections
Raman Singh submitted his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel and said he accepts responsibility for BJP's poor showing. Khurai is witnessing a close fight between BJP's Bhuepndra Singh and Congress's Anmoday Choubey.

Cristiano Ronaldo wrong to say Real Madrid are not humble - Solari
Then there are these Cristiano fans, for whom player possibly comes first, who have gone to great lengths to justify his comments. Even in Madrid they are humble but here, even more so. "It's different to Madrid , this is more of a family".

Stephen Curry doesn't believe we've landed on the moon
During a wide ranging interview alongside teammate Andre Iguodala , Curry asked one of the hosts if he believed that the USA landed on the moon.

Estimated cost of Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal wedding
Over 100 chartered flights carrying guests from around the world have been landing in Udaipur's airport since Friday. VVIPs from business and politics too came in to bless the couple.

U.S. Marine accident off Japan categorized as severest 'Class A'
A conclusion has not been reached on the details of the situation, according to the U.S. The identities of the Marines will be released after the next of kin are notified.

O2 services slowly being restored after UK-wide outage
Our technical teams will continue to monitor service performance closely over the next few days to ensure we remain stable. The O2 Twitter account has been busy responding to customer's enquiries asking when the network will be back.

Boca file appeal with CAS over Libertadores final
Martinez ran the ball into the empty net and River's substitutes and staff all poured onto the pitch to begin the celebrations. River: The club is still without head coach Marcello Gallardo, who is suspended for both legs of the final.

Chiefs sign Kelvin Benjamin
Watkins has missed two of the past three games because of a sore foot but has practiced both days this week on a limited basis. The 27-year-old Benjamin was waived by Buffalo earlier this week, ending a disappointing 13 months with the Bills.

NASA InSight lander flexes robot arm, captures new Mars views
An internal air pressure sensor whose job it is to collect meteorological data, recorded the air vibrations directly. NASA refers to the craft's task of learning about the planet's seismic waves as "taking the planet's pulse".

Charlottesville killer James Fields convicted of first-degree murder
Sentencing will begin from Monday, with jurors given the option to recommend between 20 years and life for the murder conviction. It was a revised version of slurs shouted by white-supremacist-rally participants in 2017 who yelled "Jews will not replace us".