Canada calls on U.S. to take action in China dispute

Ottawa, Top Canadian officials are pushing the United States to take action to help calm the ongoing dispute with China, according to the CTV News.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton are reportedly among the officials pushing the U.S. to step in, the CTV said.

Canada wants the U.S. to speak directly with China on Ottawa’s behalf, it added.

Diplomatic relations with China deteriorated following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou last December, the CTV noted, adding that two Canadian citizens have since been detained, and two more have been put on death row. Meng is due back in court later this week as her extradition hearing continues.

Meng is the chief financial officer for Chinese telecom giant Huawei who was detained at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1, 2018 at the behest of U.S. officials, enraging Chinese leaders and catapulting both countries into an ongoing diplomatic dispute.

Source: Jordan News Agency