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China denies 'coercive' diplomacy with Canada, urges release of Huawei executive

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her Vancouver home to go to her extradition hearing in British Columbia Supreme Court on January 23, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia. - Canadian government lawyers on January 22, 2020 laid out a case for extraditing a senior Huawei executive to the United States, saying it is based on "a fraud on a bank." The US alleges Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei, lied to the bank HSBC about Huawei's relationship with its Iran-based affiliate Skycom, putting the bank at risk of violating US sanctions against Tehran. (Photo by Don MacKinnon / AFP) (Photo by DON MACKINNON/AFP via Getty Images)

China on Thursday denied it had taken two Canadian men hostage, and repeated a call for the release of a Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive held in Canada who faces extradition to the United States amid a long-running diplomatic dispute.

Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition in a Canadian court.

Tensions flared again this week when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would work with allies to fight China's "coercive diplomacy. " He warned that arbitrary arrests, repression in Hong Kong and putting Muslim minorities in detention camps added up to "not a particularly productive path. "

"There's no coercive diplomacy on the Chinese side," Cong Peiwu, China's envoy to Ottawa, said in a video news conference on Twitter.

Cong went on to say Meng and the arrests of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were "not related" and that it was Canada that used "coercive measures" by arresting Meng when "she was breaking no Canadian law at all. "

Cong again called for the immediate release of Meng "to create conditions to bring Canada-China relations back on the right track. "

Responding to a question about a media report that a Hong Kong pro-democracy protester had been granted asylum in Canada, Cong said China strongly urged that "violent criminals" from Hong Kong not be granted asylum.

If Canada wants to keep the 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong safe, it should not want to protect them from such "violent criminals," he added.

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