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Canada foreign minister says eyes wide open when it comes to normalizing China ties

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TORONTO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Canada’s “eyes are wide open” when it comes to normalizing its relationship with China, Foreign Minister Marc Garneau stated on Sunday, after three years of rocky ties with Beijing because the arrest and Friday’s launch of a Huawei Technologies govt.

Garneau instructed CBC News the federal government is now following a four-fold strategy to China: “coexist,” “compete,” “co-operate,” and “challenge.”

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, flew again to China after reaching an settlement with U.S. prosecutors to finish a financial institution fraud case towards her. That resulted within the scrapping of her practically three 12 months extradition battle in a Canadian courtroom. learn extra

Soon after Meng flew to China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – the 2 Canadians detained by Chinese authorities simply days after Meng’s arrest in December 2018 – have been launched by Beijing.

“There was no path to a relationship with China as long as the two Michaels were being detained,” Garneau stated.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Garneau acquired the 2 Canadians on Saturday when they arrived within the western Canadian metropolis of Calgary after spending greater than 1,000 days in solitary confinement. learn extra

Trudeau, who gained a 3rd time period on Sept. 20 election after a good race, had vowed to enhance ties with China since he first grew to become prime minister in 2015, constructing on his father’s success in establishing diplomatic ties with China in 1970.

But even earlier than Meng’s arrest, Canada’s repeated questioning of China’s human rights points has irked Beijing, and the 2 nations have failed to come nearer.

China has all the time denied any hyperlink between Meng’s extradition case and the detention of the 2 Canadians, however Garneau stated, “the immediate return of the two Michaels linked” it to Meng’s case in a “very direct manner.”

Garneau additionally stated he did not suppose the timing of the boys’s return had something to do with the timing of the federal election.

“I think it just worked out that way.”

Reporting by Denny Thomas; enhancing by Grant McCool

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Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not seen) at the Harpa Concert Hall, on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial summit, in Reykjavik, Iceland, May 19, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou speaks to media outside the B.C. Supreme Court following a hearing about her release in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 24, 2021.  REUTERS/Jesse Winter

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