Jan 26, 2019

Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei dispute

Canadian ambassador to China John McCallum. Photo: Jonathan Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Saturday that he had asked for and received the resignation of John McCallum, the country's ambassador to China, CBC reports.

The big picture: The firing comes at an unusually tense time in China-Canada relations, with the detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou last month sparking what many believe to be retaliatory arrests of Canadian citizens by the Chinese government. Earlier this week, McCallum told reporters that it would be "great for Canada" if the U.S. dropped Meng's extradition request and listed arguments that could be used to bolster her case. McCallum was later forced to walk back the controversial comments.

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A closer look at how colleges can reopen

The campus of Brown University. Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Masks in class, sports on hold, dorm life without roommates and summer 2021 classes for some: Brown University President Christina Paxson tells "Axios on HBO" it's all in play as colleges consider whether and how to safely reopen campuses in the fall.

Why it matters: An extended shutdown of U.S. colleges and universities would leave nearly 20 million students and 3 million employees with an uncertain future, but premature reopenings without proper coronavirus safeguards could jeopardize lives and force more closings.

How Disney World could host the NBA

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.

U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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As the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding in China, it's becoming clear that its targets for the phase one trade deal with the U.S. are unrealistic and there is so far no sign of a plan for renegotiation.

What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."