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.