B.C. government delays China leg of forestry trade mission to Asia in wake of Vancouver arrest of Huawei executive

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      Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston has decided that now isn't the optimal time to hold trade talks in China.

      In a statement, he said that he's suspended the China leg of a mission to Asia to promote the B.C. forestry sector "due to the international judicial process underway relating to a senior official of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd."

      The mission, which is being led by Forests, Lands and Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson, has wrapped up meetings in South Korea.

      Donaldson and forest-industry representatives will complete the Japan leg on Tuesday (December 11), but won't continue on to China.

      “It is anticipated that Minister Donaldson will work to reschedule events planned for the Chinese portion of this mission at the earliest convenient moment,” Ralston said in the statement. 

      On December 8, China's vice minister of foreign affairs, Le Yucheng, summoned Canadian ambassador to China John McCallum to the foreign ministry to condemn the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver International Airport last weekend.

      The U.S. government wants Meng extradited to face charges of violating the U.S. embargo on the sale of products to Iran and for allegedly misleading banks about the status of an alleged subsidiary of Huawei.

      Meng Wanzhou remains in custody in Vancouver pending the outcome of a bail hearing.
      Huawei Technologies Co.

      None of the charges against Meng has been proven in court.

      Meng's bail hearing is expected to resume on Monday (December 10) in B.C. Supreme Court.