Ambassador visits Canadians detained in China in Huawei case

Canadian lawmakers adopt motion to form security strategy to counter Chinese influence

Ambassador visits detained Canadians Kovrig and Spavor in China

Meng, 48, was arrested on charges of bank fraud from the United States, where she is accused of misrepresenting Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's dealings with Iran, putting one of its lenders, HSBC, at risk of violating USA trade sanctions.

Meng, 48, is accused of misrepresenting Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's [HWT.UL] dealings with Iran, putting one of its lenders HSBC at risk of violating US trade sanctions.

She has denied the charges and sought to have her extradition thrown out because of alleged collusion between Canadian and US authorities among other reasons.

CBSA officers have testified their investigation was not directed by outside authorities and would have taken place regardless of the outstanding warrant for her arrest.

CBSA superintendent Sowmith Katragadda listed all the countries Meng had visited based on the stamps in her passport, including Mexico, Senegal, Colombia, Brunei, and the United Arab Emirates.

He asked Meng questions provided by the security unit and when he learned the unit had no further guidance, he adjourned the exam, expecting it to resume if Meng ultimately was not extradited, he told the court.

"I do not believe so", Katragadda said. "Ms. Meng is a senior executive for one of the biggest companies in the world".

This year's meeting also comes days after China joined almost a dozen other Asian countries along with Australia and New Zealand in inking what is being billed as the world's largest free-trade agreement, which excludes Canada and U.S.

Defence lawyer Mona Duckett challenged Katragadda regarding "deficiencies" in his note and record taking during the investigation.

But Katragadda denied these were intentional omissions, or that these gaps were of concern to top-ranking border officials.

Trudeau hinted at his planned approach to the summit during a speech on Thursday that was followed by a question-and-answer session in which Ottawa's tense ties with Beijing and relationship with the White House figured prominently.

Relations between Beijing and Ottawa have spiralled since the detention of former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor almost two years ago. The two men remain in detention.

Chinese security services swooped on them days after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a USA warrant, in what has been seen as a retaliatory move.

Prosecutors and witnesses from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have countered that Meng's investigation and arrest followed usual procedures.

Recent testimony has reviewed and scrutinized minute-to-minute developments at the airport on the day of Meng's arrest.

He was aware of the seriousness of the case and didn't want to delay the RCMP's arrest of Meng unnecessarily, he told the court.

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