Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired its Chinese Ambassador John McCallum after he made a series of public remarks regarding the controversial arrest of a Huawei executive in December, the comments appeared to be sympathetic. On Saturday, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said he had asked Chinese Ambassador McCallum to resign.
“I asked for and accepted John McCallum’s resignation as Canada’s Ambassador to China,” Mr Trudeau said in a statement.
Jim Nickel who is the deputy head of mission at the Canadian embassy in Beijing will take over his place immediately.
It is the day after when the diplomat said it would be Great for Canada if Washington dropped its request for the extradition of detained executive Meng Wanzhou who is Huawei’s chief financial officer. Back in December, Canadian officials arrested Huawei CFO and daughter of the company’s founder Meng Wanzhou, who both served on the board of a Hong Kong company, Skycom.
The charges on the company were that it allegedly did business with Iran and prosecutors say that because Huawei did business with US banks, and she violated the US sanctions against the country. On the other hand, Meng was granted bail shortly after her arrest in a Canadian court, She remains in British Columbia while the US attempts to make a case that she should be extradited to stand charges here.
At the start of this week, McCallum said at a News conference that Meng has some strong arguments when it comes to opposing her extradition citing statements from US President Donald Trump, and the nature of the sanctions. Whereas McCallum attempted to take the statements back. His statements point out that the arrest was politically motivated and critics have accused him or interfering in the case.
The arrest has cooled down the relations between Canada and China as they arrested two Canadian citizens shortly after Meng’s arrest. The deadline date for the US authorities to file extradition request is 30th January.