Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Tuesday said both countries had made a "serious mistake" and urged the United States to "withdraw its arrest order for Ms. Meng Wanzhou and refrain from making formal extradition request to the Canadian side". "Canada Extradition Treaty", department spokesman Marc Raimondi told the wire service.
"It's an abuse of the bilateral extradition treaty between the United States and Canada", Hua said.
Canada has been seeking worldwide support for the men's release, prompting some choice words from China's Foreign Ministry.
Meng is now under house arrest in Vancouver while she awaits extradition.
Under Canada's Extradition Act, a foreign entity makes a request to extradite a person whose alleged conduct is recognized as a criminal matter by both nations, according to the Department of Justice. There, a judge evaluates the US' evidence to determine whether it rises to the level of conduct that would warrant a trial in Canada, had the offense taken place in the country.
Once a person is arrested in Canada, the country that has requested the extradition has a certain number of days before they can make a formal request.
The tech executive was released on bail by a Canadian court in December.
L’Algérie annonce la date de la présidentielle
Le mandat du président Abdelaziz Bouteflika, à la tête de l'Algérie depuis 1999, expire le 28 avril prochain. De nombreux observateurs émettent des doutes sur le fait qu'il soit encore réellement aux affaires.
Canada's ministry of justice would have to decide whether to extradite Meng, and she can appeal any decision made.
The case has been at the centre of ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and China since.
Signatories also included Gareth Evans, the former foreign minister of Australia, two US deputy assistant secretaries of state, former ambassadors to China from Canada, the US, Australia, Germany, Sweden, and Mexico, and scholars Orville Schell of the Asia Society, Minxin Pei, a professor and expert on Chinese politics at Claremont McKenna College, and Bonnie Glaser, senior advisor for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a US think tank. She is also suspected of misleading bank and investors with regards to a second company that was illicitly selling to Iran.
A spokesperson for China 's Foreign Ministry this week also declared that they would "take action" in response to any measures taken by the USA regarding the Wanzhou situation, and that "both the US and Canada should be aware of the seriousness of the case and take steps to rectify the mistake". The letter said that Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave to work with the International Crisis Group in Hong Kong, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur who helped organize tourist trips to North Korea, had advocated exchanges that help build ties around the globe.
Canadian concern was heightened last week when Robert Schellenberg saw his 15-year prison sentence for being an accessory to drug-smuggling overturned by the Chinese courts and replaced with a death sentence. He has been questioned about his previous work as a diplomat, leading Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to say Beijing was not respecting diplomatic immunity.
As part of this, Trudeau has had phone conversations with several high-profile worldwide figures, including U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, UN Secretary General António Guterres and the prime ministers of Japan and Singapore.