Ambassador visits Canadians detained in China in Huawei case

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Meng, 48, is accused of misrepresenting Huawei Technologies Co.

Canada accuses China of arbitrarily arresting the two in order to pressure it into releasing Meng, who lives under a form of house arrest in Vancouver while she challenges a USA extradition order to face fraud charges related to trade sanctions on Iran.

The Liberal government has delayed deciding on which companies can supply equipment for providers of 5G networks since China imprisoned two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, almost two years ago in apparent retaliation for the RCMP's arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a USA extradition warrant.

She has denied the charges and mounted a defence, asking that her extradition be thrown out because of alleged collusion between Canadian and U.S. authorities among other reasons.

CBSA officers have testified that they had reason to detain and investigate Meng regardless of the pending arrest warrant.

Meng is wanted on charges of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in the United States based on allegations that she and Huawei deny.

The ban on canola shipments from two large Canadian exporters has cost the sector almost $2 billion so far, the Canola Council of Canada said Friday.

Yet the degree to which the prime minister's sales pitch will even be heard by APEC leaders remains unclear as Canada's tensions with China and the much bigger dispute between Beijing and Washington threaten to overshadow the meeting.

Defense lawyer Mona Duckett challenged Katragadda regarding "deficiencies" in his note and record taking during the investigation.

Prosecutors and witnesses from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have countered that Meng's investigation and arrest followed usual procedures.

But Katragadda denied these were intentional omissions, or that these gaps were of concern to top-ranking border officials.

Trudeau stopped short Thursday of saying Canada was interested in joining the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, but instead suggested Ottawa would be watching to see how Beijing behaves in the trade deal.

The Canadian government said that Ambassador Dominic Barton met with former diplomat Michael Kovrig on Thursday and with businessman Michael Spavor on November 10. The two men remain in detention.

Dhillon continued his testimony today at the B.C. Supreme Court in an evidentiary hearing in Meng's extradition case.

Recent testimony has reviewed and scrutinized minute-to-minute developments at the airport on the day of Meng's arrest.

"No matter how the Canadian government conceals the truth and misleads the public, it will never change the political nature of the Meng Wanzhou incident, nor will it change the disgraceful role that Canada has played in this incident as an accomplice and pawn of the U.S.", Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.



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