China ROW: Canada makes major SWIPE at China over it’s judiciary system

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The comments come at a time of high public tensions between China and the rest of the world for the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Trudeau spoke at a daily briefing to talk about China’s demands to free Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.

He said: “Canada has an independent judicial system that functions without interference or override by politicians.

“China doesn’t work quite the same way and (doesn’t) seem to understand that we do have an independent judiciary.”

Canadian officials have repeatedly said they cannot intervene in the case.

Later in the day, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne also said he was “very concerned” by Chinese plans to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, home to around 300,000 Canadian citizens.

He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp: “Canada … will make its voice heard.”

Trudeau said last month that China had suspended consular visits, citing the coronavirus outbreak.

He said on Thursday: “The fact that China is still linking an independent judicial system in the case of Meng Wanzhou with the arbitrary detention of two Canadians is saddening, but that’s a challenge we’ve been working with for many months.”

Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the US after being arrested in British Columbia in December 2018.

The United States says it believes Meng covered up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran, breaking U.S. sanctions against the country.

A decision on a key legal aspect of the trial over whether Meng can be extradited will be announced next Wednesday, the British Columbia Supreme Court said on Thursday.

Shortly after Meng’s arrest, China detained the former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor in December 2018.

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The arrests led to the worst-ever crisis in relations between the two nations, with accusations of “arbitrary detentions” and hostage diplomacy met with trade sanctions and suspended consular visits.

Kovrig and Spavor have been held on espionage suspicions and refused access to lawyers.

Earlier, the Chinese ambassador, Cong Peiwu, told Global News that “competent Chinese authorities are handling the cases (of Kovrig and Spavor) according to law.”

He then pivoted to Meng, saying her case was “the biggest issue in our bilateral relationship” and renewing demands that she be sent back to China “smoothly and safely”.

Canada and China have had a strained relationship, but some collaboration remains.

Leading Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics Inc. has inked a deal to test and sell a separate Canadian vaccine candidate as the race for immunisation intensifies globally.

In addition to developing its own vaccine together with the Chinese military, CanSino will partner with Vancouver-based Precision NanoSystems Inc. to co-develop another potential vaccine, according to a joint press release Wednesday.

The Chinese company will conduct testing of Precision’s experimental vaccine and has the right to commercialise it in Asia excluding Japan, said the statement.

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