China again urges Canada to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and demands withdrawal of U.S. arrest warrant

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      It appears as though Canada will continue to be caught between two superpowers.

      The Globe and Mail has reported that the United States will proceed with its extradition request of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, riling the Chinese government.

      In early December, she was arrested on a provisional U.S. warrant at Vancouver International Airport on a stopover on her way to Mexico.

      There's a January 30 deadline for the Americans to file a charge against Meng or else the provisional warrant will expire.

      After she was detained, Chinese security officials arrested two Canadians—Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig—in China.

      Kovrig, a dipomat on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and Spavor, a businessman, have not been charged. They've reportedly had no access to lawyers.

      In addition, a death sentence was issued earlier this month against a third detained Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg. This came after prosecutors appealed a 15-year sentence he received after being convicted of drug trafficking in China.

      Meanwhile this morning, the Chinese news agency Xinhua has reported more bellicose comments from Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

      She accused Canada and the United States of arbitrarily misusing a bilateral extradition treaty to violate a Chinese citizen's safety and legitimate rights.

      Meng is out on bail as she awaits the outcome of her extradition hearing in B.C. Supreme Court.

      "China has repeatedly expressed its solemn position on the matter," Hua said, according to Xinhua. "Anyone with normal judgment could see that the Canadian side has made a serious mistake from the beginning and Meng's case is not an ordinary judicial case."