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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has fired the country’s ambassador to China, John McCallum.

The move follows controversial comments John McCallum made about an extradition case involving a senior executive from the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

PM Trudeau said in a statement he had asked John McCallum to step down, but did not offer a reason.

The detention of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the US, angered China and soured Canada’s relations with Beijing.

Meng Wanzhou is accused by the US of evading sanctions on Iran. Both she and Huawei deny those allegations.

She was arrested on December 1 in Canada’s western city of Vancouver at the request of the US.

Meng Wanzhou was later granted a C$10 million ($7.6 million) bail by a local court. But she is under surveillance 24 hours a day and must wear an electronic ankle tag.

In a statement, Justin Trudeau said: “Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum’s resignation as Canada’s ambassador to China.”

The veteran diplomat, Justin Trudeau added, had served Canadians honorably and with distinction with many positions in cabinet.

The prime minister also thanked John McCallum and his family for their service.

John McCallum caused controversy on January 22 when he publicly argued that the US extradition request for Meng Wanzhou was seriously flawed.

The next day the ambassador issued a statement saying that he “misspoke” and regretted that his comments had created “confusion”.

However, on January 25, John McCallum was quoted as saying it would be “great for Canada” if the US dropped the request.

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John McCallum was appointed Canada’s ambassador to China in 2017, stepping down as the immigration minister.

Canadian media say the diplomat was eager to take over the posting because of his strong personal connection to China.

John McCallum’s wife is ethnically Chinese, and he had a large Chinese-Canadian population in his former constituency in Ontario.

He also served as Canada’s defense minister between 2002 and 2003.


Canadian citizen Robert Lloyd Schellenberg has been sentenced to death for drug smuggling in China in a ruling which will worsen a diplomatic row between the two countries.

Last year, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was originally given a 15-year jail term but after an appeal the court said the sentence was too lenient.

Today’s ruling comes weeks after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top official at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, on a request from the US.

Canada condemned the latest ruling.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said: “It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty, as in this case facing a Canadian.”

China was angered by the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, 46, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, and the case has soured its relations with both Canada and the US. She was granted bail in December.

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China has since detained two Canadian nationals, accusing them of endangering national security.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who is believed to be 36, was arrested in 2014 and accused of planning to smuggle almost 500lb of methamphetamine from China to Australia.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in November 2018. However, following an appeal, a high court in the north-eastern city of Dalian on January 14 sentenced the Canadian national to death.

The court also ruled that all of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s financial assets must be confiscated.

“I am not a drug smuggler. I came to China as a tourist,” he said just before the verdict was announced, the AFP news agency reports.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg has 10 days to appeal.

China has denied that it is using its legal system to take hostages as bargaining chips in the Huawei case.

Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, but was granted bail by a Canadian court several days later.

A judge in Vancouver ruled that Meng Wanzhou would be under surveillance 24 hours a day and must wear an electronic ankle tag.

Meng Wanzhou is accused in the US of using a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom to evade sanctions on Iran between 2009 and 2014.

She denies any wrongdoing and says she will contest the allegations.

President Donald Trump has said he is willing to intervene in the case.

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest came against the background of an increasingly acrimonious trade dispute between the US and China.

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the US.

The Huawei’s chief financial officer and deputy chair was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.

Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating the Chinese company over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

China’s embassy in Canada protested at the arrest and demanded Meng Wanzhou’s release.

Huawei said it had little information about the charges and was “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng”.

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest comes at a sensitive time for US-China relations. China and the US are engaged in a trade war that has seen both impose duties of billions of dollars on one another’s goods.

The arrest will not help the 90-day tariff truce the nations agreed after President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping met at the G20.

It also coincides with moves to restrict the use of Huawei technology in Western countries. The US, Australia and New Zealand have blocked the use of Huawei’s equipment in infrastructure for new faster 5G mobile networks.

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Canada’s ministry of justice confirmed the date and place of Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and added: “She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.”

It said it could not say more as Meng Wanzhou had sought a ban on the publication of details and this had been ordered by the courts.

A spokesman for the DoJ in the Eastern District of New York – which Huawei said had brought the charges – declined to comment.

Huawei is under investigation for potential violations of US sanctions against Iran.

One report in the New York Times said the US commerce and treasury departments had subpoenaed Huawei over suspected violation of sanctions against both Iran and North Korea.

US lawmakers have repeatedly accused Huawei of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government.

Huawei said Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained while transferring between flights.

In a statement, the company said it had complied with “all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU.

“The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.”

Huawei is one of the largest telecommunications equipment and services providers in the world, recently passing Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone maker after Samsung.

Some Western governments fear China will gain access to fifth-generation (5G) mobile and other communications networks through Huawei and expand its spying ability, although the company insists there is no government control.

The US has brought a number of legal cases against Chinese technology firms, with accusations such as cyber-security theft and violations of Iran sanctions.

Earlier this year, it barred US companies from exporting to ZTE, effectively shutting down the firm. The US later replaced the ban with a fine and governance changes.