A timeline of the Meng Wanzhou case, and rising tension between Canada and China.
Aug. 22: A New York court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.
Dec. 1: Canadian authorities arrest Ms. Meng at Vancouver’s airport after an extradition request from the United States. The news becomes public on Dec. 5., and shortly after China demands Canada release Ms. Meng and “immediately correct the mistake” officials made in arresting her.
Dec. 7: Ms. Meng appears in a Vancouver court, where allegations of fraud are laid out. The U.S. alleges Ms. Meng misled U.S. banks in a bid to get around U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Dec. 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Mr. Kovrig’s arrest becomes public on Dec. 11. Mr. Spavor’s becomes public on Dec. 12.
Dec. 11: Ms. Meng is released on $10-million bail. U.S. President Donald Trump tells Reuters that he would “certainly intervene” in ms. Meng’s case “if I thought it was necessary” to help forge a trade deal with China.
Dec. 20: Indictments unsealed in the U.S. allege two Chinese citizens targeted companies in Canada and around the world as part of a years-long hacking campaign to steal data.
Jan. 14: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s very concerned to see China “acting arbitrarily” by applying the death penalty to a Canadian convicted of drug trafficking. He says Canada will do all it can to intervene on Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s behalf when a court in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province announced it had given Mr. Schellenberg the death penalty after reconsidering his case.
Jan. 22: China demands the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite Ms. Meng. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Ms. Meng’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.”
Jan. 26: Canadian ambassador to China John McCallum resigns at Mr. Trudeau’s request after his comments to the media in which he said it would be “great for Canada” if the U.S. dropped its extradition request.
Jan. 28: The U.S. Department of Justice formally levels criminal charges against Huawei, two subsidiaries and Ms. Meng. The charges allege that Huawei misrepresented its ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran. Ms. Meng is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit both.
March 14: Huawei pleads not guilty in a New York court to charges accusing it of plotting to violate Iran trade sanctions. Lawyers enter the plea in federal court in Brooklyn, two weeks after Huawei pleaded not guilty to separate federal charges filed in Seattle accusing the company of stealing technology from T-Mobile.
May 2: China suspends the export permits of two Canadian pork exporters, including Quebec-based Olymel LP, amid growing tensions between the two countries.
May 16: China formally arrests Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, bringing them closer to trial on vaguely defined state security charges. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says they have been arrested for allegedly stealing state secrets. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the federal government is “deeply concerned” about China’s decision.
June 24: Defence lawyers for Ms. Meng ask the Foreign Affairs Minister to stop the extradition process against their client, saying the request made by the U.S. was for political purposes, not legitimate law enforcement reasons. The lawyers say in a statement they decided to deliver written submissions to Chrystia Freeland after former prime minister Jean Chretien’s reported comments that withdrawing extradition proceedings would improve relations with China and win the release of two Canadians being held there.
Sept. 23: The Crown says Canadian officials followed the law when they detained Ms. Meng and the defence has no proof to substantiate its “conspiracy theory” that she was illegally arrested.
Nov. 5: A Chinese ban on the import of Canadian pork and beef products estimated to have cost farmers almost $100-million is lifted.
Jan. 23: A lawyer for Ms. Meng argues the extradition case against her is a test of whether courts will reject foreign charges that run contrary to Canadian values as a hearing wrapped up in the British Columbia Supreme Court. The hearing focused on the legal test of double criminality.
May 27: B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes rules against Ms. Meng, ruling that a key legal test to extradite has been met, setting the stage for further retaliation against Canada by China.