China: Beijing lambasts Canada over Huawei executive arrest case

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian criticised Canada's role in the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, during a press briefing in Beijing, on Friday. «No matter how the Canadian government covers up the truth and misleads the public, it will never change the political nature of the Meng Wanzhou incident, nor will it change the dishonourable role of the Canadian government playing the role of US accomplice and pawn in this incident,» Zhao said. On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Meng's arrest while calling for countries to stand up to 'Chinese bullying'. «We also noticed that more and more people in Canada are openly asking the Canadian government to make an independent decision to release Meng Wanzhou, those people include dignitaries, lawyers, judges, and former diplomats. We advise Canadian leaders to listen more to their just and rational voices,» Zhao added. Currently under house arrest in Canada, Meng was apprehended in Vancouver in 2018 on charges of fraud and conspiracy. She is wanted in the US to stand trial on charges linked to alleged violations of US trade sanctions against Iran. The case involves a Huawei-owned company. The Chinese authorities have called for her release on several occasions.

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