Canada's Ambassador to China is dismissed

Canada's Ambassador to China is dismissed


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired the Canadian ambassador to Beijing following statements by diplomat John McCallum, in which he said it would be excellent if the United States withdraws the extradition request of Huawei's financial director Meng Wanzhou.

Trudeau announced Saturday that he had asked McCallum to submit his resignation request, which was immediately accepted by the head of government. The diplomat had told the Toronto Star newspaper, on Friday, that it would be excellent if Washington backed down Meng's extradition request.

Beijing and Ottawa are experiencing a diplomatic crisis since Meng was detained in Vancouver on December 1st, at the request of the United States, on suspicion that the Chinese telecommunications group had exported products of US origin to Iran and others countries targeted by Washington's sanctions, thus violating its laws.

After threatening Canada with "grave consequences" if it did not release Meng, the Chinese authorities detained Michael Kovrig, former diplomat of Canada, and Michael Spavor, a businessman who organizes tourist trips and sporting events in North Korea.