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‘Operation Fox Hunt’ casts shadow over Li Keqiang visit to Ottawa

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WATCH ABOVE: Premier of China arrives in Ottawa to meet with Justin Trudeau – Sep 21, 2016

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending a possible extradition treaty with China, saying it gives Canada a venue to raise serious issues.

Trudeau is under fire from opposition parties for pursuing the treaty, which is a feature of a new high-level security dialogue he established with Beijing on his recent visit.

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The Conservatives and NDP say China’s frequent use of the death penalty, among other things, makes it a bad candidate for an extradition treaty with Canada.

WATCH: Prime Minister Trudeau talks possible extradition treaty with China

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Prime Minister Trudeau talks possible extradition treaty with China – Sep 21, 2016

As he prepares to welcome Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Ottawa today, Trudeau says Canada will never approve the extradition of anyone facing the death penalty.

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Trudeau wants to use the visit to deepen economic co-operation, following his trip to China three weeks ago.

But the spectre of China’s pursuit and harassment of so-called economic fugitives – “Operation Fox Hunt” – and other dissidents is casting a shadow over the arrival of China’s premier.

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