China demands US withdraw request for Canada to extradite Huawei executive

BEIJING — China is issuing fresh demands that the U.S. abandon its request that Canada extradite a senior telecom executive who was detained in Vancouver last month.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing today that 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 says China wants the U.S. to withdraw the arrest warrant against the Huawei Technologies executive and “not make a formal extradition request to the Canadian side.”The demand comes a day after 140 international China experts — including five former Canadian ambassadors — urged President Xi Jinping to free two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for Meng’s arrest.The letter praises former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor as bridge-builders between China and the world, and said their detentions will make its authors “more cautious” about travelling to China.Meng’s arrest has infuriated China, which also sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death last week for a previous drug-smuggling conviction.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press read more

Senior officers of the Sri Lanka triforces awarded honorary medals

The award is a special award that is given to the Lieutenant Generals and officers of higher ranks in the Navy and Air Force who completed 25 years of service and who held an excellent service record.Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe and Air Vice Marshal Kapila Jayampathy were among those presented with the awards by the President. Senior officers of the Sri Lanka tri-forces were awarded honorary medals by President Maithripala Sirisena today (Saturday).The President awarded the medals to 50 senior officers of the Sri Lanka tri-forces. read more