Huawei CFO’s release: The U.S. administration is continuing talks with Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, about finding a way to resolve her release if she agrees to the criminal fraud in the case against her, the Wall Street Journal detailed.
However, Trudeau told journalists that his main concern was the release of the two Canadian residents being detained in China. The two were arrested soon following the arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou in December 2018.
Meng is fighting for extradition to the US over allegations of fraud and that Huawei breached US sanctions on Iran, in a case that has bittered the Canada-China relations.
Under a suspended prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice, Meng would need to consent to some of the fraud charges against her, the Journal stated on Thursday.
The two nations are planning to find a way for release before President Trump’s administration ends, although Meng is hesitant to concede to any agreement that would see her admit to her allegations, the Journal stated, referring to sources.
Following Meng’s arrest, China stopped imports of canola seed from Canada and also arrested two Canadian citizens on charges of spying.
The move has pushed Canada into the center of a U.S.- China trade war, and Trudeau’s inability to get the release of Kovrig and Spavor has uncovered his minority government to rise pressure from opposition political parties who require Trudeau to take a harder stance on China.
While Trudeau stated that “We will keep working hard for the return of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.”Two years is an extremely prolonged time to be in jail in China, or anyplace,” Trudeau stated at a press conference.” We will keep trying hard to get them back home.
However, Beijing has asserted that Meng’s arrest is a part of an attempt by Washington to sabotage Chinese tech giant Huawei, and has also urged Canada to release Huawei CFO Meng, who denies all allegations placed on her.