China urges Canada to ‘take concerns seriously’ and release Meng Wanzhou

China urges Canada to ‘take concerns seriously’ and release Meng Wanzhou

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday renewed a demand that Canada release a top executive of tech giant Huawei a day after announcing a suspension of all

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BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday renewed a demand that Canada release a top executive of tech giant Huawei a day after announcing a suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products in an apparent bid to increase the pressure on Ottawa.Story continues below

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a daily briefing Wednesday that Canada should “take seriously China’s concerns” and immediately release Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder.READ MORE: Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers call on Trudeau government to end extradition proceedingsThe Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said in a statement Tuesday that Chinese customs inspectors detected residue from a restricted feed additive called ractopamine in a batch of Canadian pork products, prompting the ban. The additive is permitted in Canada but banned in China.Meng was arrested Dec. 1 in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities, who want to try her on fraud charges. She resides under house arrest in one of her mansions in the city of Vancouver.WATCH: Huawei executive makes statement on extradition of CFO Meng Wanzhou

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