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China urges new Canadian envoy to release Huawei executive detained in Vancouver

WATCH: China hopes new Canadian envoy will help get relations 'back on track.

China has urged Canada to “reflect on its mistakes” and immediately release a Huawei executive detained in Vancouver.Chines

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments Thursday following the appointment of a new Canadian ambassador to China.

Geng said he hoped the envoy, Dominic Barton, will play an active role in improving ties, which he said are “facing serious difficulties.”

READ MORE: Dominic Barton will be new Canadian ambassador to China

Relations between China and Canada were severely damaged when Meng Wanzhou — an executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder — was arrested at Vancouver’s airport on Dec. 1 at the request of the U.S.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired the previous ambassador after he said it would be “great” if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for Meng.

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