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Huawei's Meng Wanzhou extradition fight begins

Today on Front Burner, the extradition hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. CBC Vancouver’s Jason Proctor explains how the court battle will play out and why Canada’s relationship with China hangs in the balance.
Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home in Vancouver on Jan. 20, 2020. A court hearing begins today in Vancouver over the American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing finally kicked off this week. It's been just over a year since the Huawei chief financial officer was arrested on fraud charges. The arrest ignited a massive diplomatic rift between Canada and China, and a lot of international attention is focused on the Vancouver courtroom where a judge now must decide whether Canada will send the heiress to face the U.S. justice system.

CBC Vancouver senior reporter Jason Proctor has been covering this story closely. Today on Front Burner he explains how extradition hearings work and how these proceedings might affect Canada's already tense relationship with China.

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