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Canada sacks envoy to China amid Huawei row


BEIJING: Canada on Saturday evening sacked its ambassador to China John McCallum, who repeatedly made feedback that appeared to reinforce the Chinese viewpoint at the controversy surrounding Chinese technology large Huawei. This method Canada has determined to back Washington’s request for extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhao for trial in america, which China is opposing.

In a statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned: “Last evening I requested for and permitted John McCallum’s resignation as Canada’s ambassador to China.” He did not give causes.

McCallum’s feedback came after Meng was detained in Canada at the basis of fees made by means of america. Meng was later launched but she faces possible extradition to america for trial. She is underneath surveillance 24 hours an afternoon and must wear an electronic ankle tag.

China needs Canada to not pay attention to US demands for extradition and drop its investigations against Meng.

McCallum created a stir when he mentioned on Tuesday that US request to Canada to extradite Meng was significantly mistaken. He appeared to change his stance tomorrow, announcing he ‘misspoke’ and regretted that his feedback had created ‘confusion’.


By Friday, McCallum went back to his outdated stance when he mentioned that it could be “great for Canada” if america dropped the request.


McCallum was immigration minister in Canada prior to his appointment as ambassador to China in 2017.


Reports in Canadian media urged he was passionate about the posting because his wife was ethnically Chinese and there was a large Chinese-Canadian population in his former constituency in Ontario.


Two different Canadians -- businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrg -- had been arrested following the detention of Meng.


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