After a troubled week: Trudeau forces Canada’s ambassador to China to resign

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Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, was forced to resign by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after making clumsy comments on the Huawei case twice in recent days.

“[Friday] evening, I asked John McCallum to resign me as Canada’s ambassador to China and I accepted it,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote in a statement on Saturday.

The ambassador said on Friday that it would be “good for Canada” for the US to drop charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s top executive, Meng Wanzhou.

The Toronto Star reported that John McCullum commented on the situation at a charity meeting a few days after making further comments on the delicate diplomatic situation between Canada and China.

“From Canada’s point of view, if [the United States] abandoned the request for extradition, it would be good for Canada,” he told the Toronto Star reporter on Friday. as such and who had a register.

Ambassador McCallum also indicated that if the United States and China agree, it would be to Canada’s advantage.

“We need to make sure that if the US reaches such an agreement, it must include the release of our two nationals. The United States is very well aware of this, “he added.

On Thursday, John McCullum had to apologize publicly for saying that Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, had “a very solid case” to challenge his extradition to the United States.

“I am sorry that my comments about Ms. Meng’s legal proceedings have caused confusion. I misrepresented myself, “McCallum wrote in a statement released by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.

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