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Ottawa, Jan 20 (Canadian-Media): The first meeting of the special parliamentary committee, created to address Canada's current diplomatic dispute with China, would be held today in Ottawa, media reports said.
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Supported by other opposition parties in the minority Parliament, the creation of the committee resulted due a Conservative motion passed in December,
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Canada's ambassador to China, Dominic Barton are authorized by the committee to appear as witnesses as and when required by the committee.
Thirteen months ago, China detained two Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who remain imprisoned without access to lawyers or their families — a move widely seen as retaliation for Canada's arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the United States, which wants to extradite her on fraud charges related to U.S. sanctions against Iran.
B.C. Supreme Court would hear on Monday the extradition hearing of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, first formal phase.
Canada-China relations committee will convene that afternoon and elect a chair.