UPDATE 1-Canada foreign minister says former envoy's Huawei comments made job untenable
McCallum had not accurately conveyed the government's thinking on the situation, Freeland told reporters in Ottawa. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday he had fired McCallum. McCallum embarrassed Trudeau's Liberal government by saying last week that Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou could make a strong argument against being sent to the United States. McCallum later said he "misspoke."
Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 over alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Her arrest enraged China, which has called for the extradition case to be dropped. China's foreign ministry said earlier on Monday that Trudeau's dismissal of the ambassador was an internal Canadian affair and China would not comment.
At a daily news briefing in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated China's call for Canada to "make the correct choice" and release Meng so she could return to China. She was granted bail 10 days after her arrest. The United States has until Wednesday to formally request her extradition over the alleged Iran sanctions violations.
U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will make an enforcement announcement relating to China at 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT) on Monday, an official told Reuters. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Allison Martell and Ljunggren Writing by Cynthia Osterman Editing by Robert Birsel and Frances Kerry)
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