China again urges Canada to release Meng Wanzhou immediately

China urges the Canadian government to immediately correct its mistakes and release Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, so that she can return to China safely at an early date, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday.

Meng’s extradition hearing in Canada closed on Wednesday and the judge has yet to set a date for a decision.

China has, from the very beginning, stressed that the Meng case is a political incident through and through, which was created by the U.S. government out of nothing but as attempts to suppress China’s hi-tech companies and thwart China’s progress in science and technology, Hua said.

This has been increasingly evident as more and more people have fully understood and recognized the facts around the case, she added.

Stressing the fact that Meng, who did nothing in violation of the Canadian laws, has been arbitrarily detained for nearly 1,000 days, Hua said this is a textbook case of coercion and human rights infringement.

“Ms Meng has an aged father and also young children,” said Hua. “I wonder if the Canadian side ever thinks about the human rights of Ms Meng and her family when they talk about safeguarding ‘human rights’ and ‘democracy’?”

She said that the Canadian government has been acting as an accomplice for the U.S. side and bears inescapable responsibilities for this incident, which certainly infuriated the Chinese people.

“We have taken note that some insightful people in Canada have also called for the government to stop Meng Wanzhou’s extradition process in accordance with the Canadian law,” she said.

China urges the Canadian government to heed the call for justice, show the spirit of independence and courage, and release Meng immediately, she added.

Meng, 49, was arrested by the Canadian police on a U.S. warrant at Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018. She was then released on bail, but has since been under house arrest in Vancouver.

(With input from Xinhua)