Reports have indicated that former Prime Minister Jean Chretien is willing to serve as Canada’s emissary to China to negotiate an end to the diplomatic war between Canada and China, the second largest economy in the world. The dispute has seen two Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arrested for various crimes and a third sentenced to death for drug crimes after being given a 15-year sentence.
A spokesman for the former PM indicated that the Chretien is resolved to seeing an end to the crisis that has had significant economic impact on Canadian canola farmers. The diplomatic dispute started when Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese tech giant Huawei on December 1, 2018 when she arrived in Vancouver. She was arrested on a US warrant for allegedly violating international sanctions against Iran.