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China Demands US Drop Huawei Extradition Request With Canada

China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing’s relations with Ottawa.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng Wanzhou’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”

Hua said China demands that the U.S. withdraw the arrest warrant against Meng and “not make a formal extradition request to the Canadian side.” She is wanted for allegedly lying to banks as part of an effort to evade sanctions on Iran.

Hua’s remarks came after more than 100 academics and former diplomats signed a letter calling on China to release two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for Meng’s arrest.

They also follow a report by the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail that the U.S. plans to formally request Meng’s extradition to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.

The U.S. Justice Department said it is continuing to pursue Meng’s extradition and would meet any deadlines set under the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Canada. In a statement, the Justice Department thanked Canadian authorities for their “support in our mutual efforts to enforce the rule of law.”

China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng, who was arrested December 1 at the request of U.S. authorities.

Meng is Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei. Huawei has close ties to China’s military and is considered one of the country’s most successful international enterprises, operating in the high-tech sphere where China hopes to establish dominance.

 

The letter signed by academics and former diplomats said the arrests of the two will lead to “less dialogue and greater distrust, and undermine efforts to manage disagreements and identify common ground. Both China and the rest of the world will be worse off as a result.”

More than 20 diplomats from seven countries and more than 100 scholars and academics from 19 countries signed.

Meng is living under house arrest in her Vancouver mansion while her case is under deliberation. Kovrig and Spavor are being held in Chinese jails and have yet to be granted access to lawyers, according to those who have contact with them.

The United States and other Western countries have broader fears that Huawei technology — particularly its hardware for mobile networks — could let the Chinese government listen in. Several countries, including the United States, have restricted purchases of Huawei equipment.

Huawei Chairman Liang Hua said critics need to back up their allegations.

“If they believe there’s a backdoor, they should offer evidence to prove it,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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China Demands US Drop Huawei Extradition Request With Canada

China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing’s relations with Ottawa.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng Wanzhou’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”

Hua said China demands that the U.S. withdraw the arrest warrant against Meng and “not make a formal extradition request to the Canadian side.” She is wanted for allegedly lying to banks as part of an effort to evade sanctions on Iran.

Hua’s remarks came after more than 100 academics and former diplomats signed a letter calling on China to release two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for Meng’s arrest.

They also follow a report by the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail that the U.S. plans to formally request Meng’s extradition to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.

The U.S. Justice Department said it is continuing to pursue Meng’s extradition and would meet any deadlines set under the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Canada. In a statement, the Justice Department thanked Canadian authorities for their “support in our mutual efforts to enforce the rule of law.”

China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng, who was arrested December 1 at the request of U.S. authorities.

Meng is Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei. Huawei has close ties to China’s military and is considered one of the country’s most successful international enterprises, operating in the high-tech sphere where China hopes to establish dominance.

 

The letter signed by academics and former diplomats said the arrests of the two will lead to “less dialogue and greater distrust, and undermine efforts to manage disagreements and identify common ground. Both China and the rest of the world will be worse off as a result.”

More than 20 diplomats from seven countries and more than 100 scholars and academics from 19 countries signed.

Meng is living under house arrest in her Vancouver mansion while her case is under deliberation. Kovrig and Spavor are being held in Chinese jails and have yet to be granted access to lawyers, according to those who have contact with them.

The United States and other Western countries have broader fears that Huawei technology — particularly its hardware for mobile networks — could let the Chinese government listen in. Several countries, including the United States, have restricted purchases of Huawei equipment.

Huawei Chairman Liang Hua said critics need to back up their allegations.

“If they believe there’s a backdoor, they should offer evidence to prove it,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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Russian and Japanese Leaders Talk About Territorial Dispute

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for talks Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a decades-long territorial dispute between the two nations.

The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories, and the dispute has kept the countries from signing a peace treaty.

Greeting Abe at the start of the talks, Putin noted that their conversation will follow up on recent meetings between the two nations’ top officials.

“I’m very glad to see you here,” Putin said with a smile. “It’s very pleasant that our meetings have become quite regular.”

Abe noted that he would like to talk about the peace treaty issue based on last week’s talks between top diplomats of the two countries.

“I would like to have a through discussion on the peace treaty,” Abe said through an interpreter.

The Japanese leader has held dozens of meetings with Putin in recent years in a bid to solve the dispute, and they agreed in November to accelerate negotiations based on a 1956 Soviet proposal to return two of the islands to Japan.

Earlier this month, Abe voiced hope that this year will mark a breakthrough in talks and spoke about an imminent change of the islands’ status — remarks that irked Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Japan last week that it must recognize all four islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks — a tough demand that did not bode well for Abe’s talks with Putin.

On Sunday, Kremlin foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov noted that recent statements from Tokyo made the talks between the two presidents even more difficult.

Speaking to the Interfax news agency before the talks, Abe emphasized that the signing of a peace treaty is needed to pave the way for closer cooperation between the two nations.

He added that he intends to maintain intensive talks with Putin in order to reach a “mutually acceptable solution.”

Japanese media reports have indicated that Tokyo is open to a deal for the transfer of two smaller islands to Japan, fueling concerns in Russian nationalist circles.

Several dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Japanese Embassy in Moscow to protest against the islands’ return. One of the protesters held a placard reading: “We didn’t vote for the sale of the islands.”

Left-wing activist Sergei Udaltsov said Tuesday that 11 protesters were detained by police.

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Russian and Japanese Leaders Talk About Territorial Dispute

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for talks Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a decades-long territorial dispute between the two nations.

The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories, and the dispute has kept the countries from signing a peace treaty.

Greeting Abe at the start of the talks, Putin noted that their conversation will follow up on recent meetings between the two nations’ top officials.

“I’m very glad to see you here,” Putin said with a smile. “It’s very pleasant that our meetings have become quite regular.”

Abe noted that he would like to talk about the peace treaty issue based on last week’s talks between top diplomats of the two countries.

“I would like to have a through discussion on the peace treaty,” Abe said through an interpreter.

The Japanese leader has held dozens of meetings with Putin in recent years in a bid to solve the dispute, and they agreed in November to accelerate negotiations based on a 1956 Soviet proposal to return two of the islands to Japan.

Earlier this month, Abe voiced hope that this year will mark a breakthrough in talks and spoke about an imminent change of the islands’ status — remarks that irked Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Japan last week that it must recognize all four islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks — a tough demand that did not bode well for Abe’s talks with Putin.

On Sunday, Kremlin foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov noted that recent statements from Tokyo made the talks between the two presidents even more difficult.

Speaking to the Interfax news agency before the talks, Abe emphasized that the signing of a peace treaty is needed to pave the way for closer cooperation between the two nations.

He added that he intends to maintain intensive talks with Putin in order to reach a “mutually acceptable solution.”

Japanese media reports have indicated that Tokyo is open to a deal for the transfer of two smaller islands to Japan, fueling concerns in Russian nationalist circles.

Several dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Japanese Embassy in Moscow to protest against the islands’ return. One of the protesters held a placard reading: “We didn’t vote for the sale of the islands.”

Left-wing activist Sergei Udaltsov said Tuesday that 11 protesters were detained by police.

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Росія: пасажира, який вимагав розвернути літак, затримали

Слідчий комітет Росії заявляє про затримання пасажира, який 22 січня вимагав розвернути літак сполученням Сургут – Москва в Афганістан.

Як заявила офіційний представник Слідкому Світлана Петренко, чоловік перебував у стані сп’яніння.

«Погрожуючи, що у нього є зброя, під час перельоту він спробував прорватися в кабіну пілотів і вимагав змінити курс літака», – заявила Петренко.

Літак здійснив вимушену посадку в Ханти-Мансійську, майже за 300 кілометрів на захід від Сургута.

За даними слідства, підозрюваний – раніше судимий за псування майна житель Сургута.

Проти нього порушили справу за статтею «викрадення повітряного судна, пов’язане з погрозою застосування насильства».

Раніше російські ЗМІ вже повідомляли про затримання підозрюваного, але потім цю заяву заперечували.

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«Батьківщина» висунула Тимошенко кандидатом у президенти

Всеукраїнське об’єднання «Батьківщина» висунуло Юлію Тимошенко кандидатом на посаду президента України. Як повідомляє кореспондент Радіо Свобода, рішення одноголосно ухвалили делегати з’їзду «Батьківщини».

Перед цим на з’їзді понад дві години виступала сама Тимошенко, оголошуючи свою програму.

На з’їзді також виступив колишній глава УПЦ КП, патріарх Київський і всієї Руси-України Філарет і подякував президентові України Петрові Порошенку за його роль в отриманні Православною церквою України томосу Вселенського патріархату про канонічну автокефалію.

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Чергові вибори президента України відбудуться 31 березня 2019 року. Виборча кампанія почалася 31 грудня 2018 року. До 9 лютого 2019 року буде оголошений остаточний список претендентів на посаду глави держави.

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У Росії розбився бомбардувальник Ту-22, двоє пілотів загинули

У Мурманській області Росії при посадці на військовий аеродром розбився дальній бомбардувальник Ту-22М3, внаслідок чого загинули двоє пілотів, повідомляє російське Міноборони.

За повідомленням, літак сідав в умовах хуртовини після тренувального польоту. Ще двох членів екіпажу шпиталізували.

Згідно з повідомленням російського військового відомства, яке цитують новинні агенції Росії, у літаку не було ракет. Причина катастрофи поки що невідома.

Надзвукові бомбардувальники Ту-22 модифікації М3 експлуатуються з 80-х років. Міністерство оборони Росії використовує такі літаки під час своєї кампанії в Сирії.

18 січня два російських винищувачі-бомбардувальники Су-34 зіткнулися над Японським морем, загинули двоє пілотів.

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Thai Police Say Bodies from River Were Missing Activists

Police in Thailand say DNA tests show that two bodies found washed up on the shore of the Mekong River in the country’s northeast are the corpses of anti-government activists.

The two, known by the pseudonyms Puchana and Kasalong, were among three exiled activists who disappeared in December from Laos, where they took shelter after fleeing Thailand. There is a group of Thai exiles in Laos associated with the anti-military Red Shirt movement that staged aggressive street protests in Bangkok in 2010 that were violently crushed by the military.

 

Several members of a hard-core faction are wanted in Thailand on charges of lese majeste, insulting the monarchy, a serious crime.

 

The Nakhon Phanom provincial police chief said Tuesday that forensics lab results matched the bodies’ DNA to family members’ samples.