Canada's ambassador to China held private press conference for Chinese media

John McCallum Canada's ambassador to China appears to have held a private press conference with Chinese media where he made comments which showed Canada potentially throwing blame towards the United States.
Ali Taghva Montreal, QC

John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, appears to have held a private press conference with Chinese media where he made comments that showed Canada potentially attributing blame towards the United States.

Notably, it appears that Canadian media were not invited to cover the Ambassador's comments.

According to a report from China Global Television Network, or CGTN, the Ambassador stated that Huawei CEO, Meng Wenzhou, has three favourable arguments when facing the judge in her extradition case.

The CGTN report also states that the Ambassador made it clear the arguments include President Trump's statements regarding potential interference in the matter in order to secure a better trade deal with the United States, Canada's disagreement with the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, and a potential lack of jurisdiction by Canadian courts to hear the matter.

While CGTN only posted 61 seconds of the entire press conference, the material in it does seem damning. But one must still wonder what was said in the parts of the press conference that have not been published.

The fact that North American news organizations were not invited is, in and of itself, extremely worrying, as it shows an intent to tell one story to Canadians and another story to the Chinese.

All that English speaking news outlets have been informed of is the abysmal way the Chinese government has been treating imprisoned Canadians as a political response.

At a minimum, you'd imagine that the Ambassador would inform an organization with a larger English and French reach first, then the Chinese media.

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