Today’s court decision on Meng Wanzhou’s extradition could rattle the Canada-China relationship

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/meng-wanzhou-china-canada-kovrig-spavor-pandemic-1.5585878

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

No matter how the ruling goes today in the case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, it will have an impact on the fraught relationship between Canada and China. A B.C. court is expected to issue a ruling today on the question of so-called “double criminality” in Meng’s extradition case — whether what Meng is accused of in the United States would be a crime in Canada. The judge could end up ruling in her favour, although Canada could appeal. Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian issued a warning to Canada in his daily news conference. “China’s position on the Meng Wanzhou case is consistent and clear,” he said. “The U.S. and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily took compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen without cause.