Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely to make a telephonic call to Xi Jinping, the Chinese President to discuss matters about the Huawei dispute. This was revealed by Ambassador John McCallum, who described it as the last arrow in the ‘quiver’ of the government.
According to McCallum, a call from Tradeau to the President is practically the last arrow in their possession, and he feels that other steps will first have to be taken. McCallum also added that he is certain that the Canadian PM will make the move.
These comments were made by the envoy after he furnished the foreign affairs committee of the House of Commons with a closed-door briefing centered on the state of Canada-China relations currently is.
Erin O’Toole, the Conservative foreign affairs critic however, said that he got no sense of confidence that there was any sort of plan in place to resolve the issue.
According to O’Toole, “It is clear there has been no plan with respect to this dispute from the start, going back to last year.” He said that it all seems phony like it’s being made up by the government as they go along, just moving with the flow of events.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has however, reached out to many world leaders through phone calls, telling them about the recent happenings concerning the Huawei dispute. World leaders with which Tradeau had telephonic conversations include the Presidents of the United States, Singapore as well as Japan. Other powerful countries such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom have also extended their support for the efforts put in by Canada to secure the release of two Canadians detained by China.
The Canadian citizens identified as Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, were arrested in an obvious attempt at retaliation over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese IT company Huawei. Meng was arrested by Canadian officials as they responded to an extradition order, issued by the United States.
There however, seems to be no end of the dispute in sight for now. Lu Shay, the Chinese ambassador to Canada, has referred Meng’s arrest as nothing but an act of backstabbing. There have been continued calls from the opposition to PM Trudeau to make a phone call to the Chinese leaders.