The Canadian Politician – Chinese ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, has warned that relations between the two countries has taken a serious turn for the worse and could even be further damaged if urgent steps are not taken to address the contentious issues at stake. The contentious issues at stake primarily focus on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese tech giant, Huawei, who was arrested on December 1, 2018 on an American arrested warrant. The daughter of the founder of the company was enroute to Mexico and was on a stopover in Vancouver when she was arrested.
Her arrest has sparked an unprecedented diplomatic row between the two countries that has led to the arrest of two Canadians and the death sentence imposed on another who was previously given a 15-year prison sentence. The last couple of months have also seen China blocking Canadian agricultural imports such as Canola, a move that has significantly impacted Canadian canola farmers.
The Chinese government has asked Canada to release Meng without delay claiming her arrest was politically motivated. But the U.S. authorities insist that she was arrested for violating the international sanctions against Iran and expect that she will be extradited.