Legal hurdle cleared in Canada. Canada’s Department of Justice announced that an extradition hearing for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou would proceed on March 6, saying that the evidence presented by the United States to Canadian authorities was sufficient to formally commence the extradition process. The decision clears a major hurdle in the Canadian legal process, indicating that the U.S. extradition request complies with the requirements of the U.S.-Canada extradition treaty and, by implication, that the charges against Meng are not politically motivated, though a Canadian court still has to make a final ruling on the extradition. China’s embassy in Canada said it was “utterly dissatisfied” with the decision.
The U.S. supports an ally. During a visit to Manila on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea would trigger mutual defense obligations under Article IV of our Mutual Defen
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