Q: The defense team of Ms. Meng Wanzhou of Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government and police, saying that she was detained without cause at the airport for three hours, which violated her constitutional rights. Does China support Meng’s lawsuit against the Canadian side?
A: I’d refer you to Huawei for the legal actions the company and Meng Wanzhou have taken.
The Chinese government’s position on the Meng Wanzhou case is clear-cut. The US and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and took compulsory measures on a Chinese citizen. This is a grave violation of her legitimate rights and interests and also constitutes a serious political incident.
We once again urge the US to withdraw its arrest warrant and extradition request for Ms. Meng. We urge Canada to change course before going further down the wrong path and release Ms. Meng immediately, ensuring her safe return to China and legitimate rights and interests.
Follow-up: Isn’t it something of double-standard for Meng to be able to sue the Canadian government when Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have not even been granted access to lawyers?
A: Regarding the cases of the two Canadian citizens you brought up, as I recall, my colleagues and I have made clear that China has strictly fulfilled our due obligations as required in the China-Canada Consular Agreement.
Also I believe you know that relevant Chinese authorities took compulsory measures against the two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, on the ground that they were suspected of involving in activities undermining China’s national security. I believe you are well aware that it is common practice for all countries in the world to deal with cases concerning national security in this way.
Follow-up: Can you confirm or not that these two Canadians have had access to lawyers?
A: As I said, China has made necessary consular notifications to the Canadian side and fulfilled our due obligations as required in the China-Canada Consular Agreement.