Prime Minster Justin Trudeau forced the Canadian Ambassador to China to resign on Saturday after a series of comments about the high-profile extradition case, one that has troubled the Chinese for some time. This of course is the Huawei affair.
PM Trudeau stated that he had no plans to replace McCallum, who recently said that Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was in the position to make a strong case against extradition to the United States. This of course damages the relationship between Ottawa and Washington. Meng was arrested in Vancouver last month over alleged violations of US sanctions on Iran.
As a result of this arrest, Chinese officials now have two Canadian citizens who are being detained and cannot leave China. The key point is that despite having diplomatic immunity, one of these citizens is being held on national security grounds. Of course the Canadians have called China out on this false accusation.
Alberta teacher Sarah McIver was taken in custody on questions about her visa. This teacher was released and returned to Canada in late December. Both China and the Canada are looking to normalize relations. There has been a lot of speculation about what will China do next, as Canada has demanded that their citizens are returned.
More on this topic in the coming weeks