August 22, 2019 / 1:55 PM / a month ago

China blames Canada for "gross difficulties" in relationship, demands Huawei exec be freed

OTTAWA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The Chinese embassy in Canada said on Thursday that bilateral ties were suffering “gross difficulties” and demanded Ottawa free Huawei Technologies Co Ltd chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Relations have been icy since Meng was detained in Vancouver last December on a U.S. warrant. The embassy said in a statement that “Canada should release Ms. Meng Wanzhou immediately and ensure her safe return to China, and bring bilateral relations back onto the right track”. (Reporting by David Ljunggren Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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