Canada's ambassador to China resigns

People's Daily
Updated: Jan 27, 2019
Canadian politician and economist John McCallum, then Canadian Ambassador to China, attends the 2018 NetEase Economist Annual Conference in Beijing, China, in this Dec 18, 2017 file photo. [Photo/IC]

Ottawa - Canada's ambassador to China John McCallum has resigned at the request of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, abruptly ending his diplomatic career.

"Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation as Canada's Ambassador to China," Mr Trudeau said in a statement issued Saturday.

The resignation comes a week after comments made by McCallum on the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at a Chinese language press conference in Toronto that caused controversy in Canada.

McCallum said at the press conference that he thought Meng had a good case to fight extradition to the US and listed three examples he thought could help her.