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China welcomes Canada court decision to extradite fugitive

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it welcomed the decision by a Canadian court to extradite the nation's most-wanted fugitive, Lai Changxing.
"Lai Changxing has been wanted by the Chinese judiciary as a prime suspect in a Xiamen smuggling case and fled after the incident to Canada for many years," said Foreign Ministry Ma Zhaoxu in a statement. "The Chinese government's stance on Lai Changxing returning to China to stand trial is clear. We welcome the Canadian court's decision."A Canadian court late on Thursday cleared the way for Lai's extradition, dismissing concerns that he could be tortured or executed back home.
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