China slams Canada's 'inhumane' treatment of Huawei CFO

11 December, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • Meng Wanzhou Executive Board Director of the Chinese technology giant Huawei attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum

Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said that Chinese pressure on Canada's government won't work.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter of its founder, was detained at the request of the US during a layover at the Vancouver airport on December 1 - the same day that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China agreed to a 90-day cease-fire in a trade dispute that threatens to disrupt global commerce.

MONTREAL: A top executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei argued in court documents released Sunday that she should be released on bail from her Canadian jail while waiting possible extradition to the United States.

USA authorities have not disclosed the charges she faces following a publication ban sought by Meng.

China summoned the USA ambassador in Beijing on Sunday to lodge a "strong protest" over Meng's arrest, calling it "extremely bad" and demanding the us cancel its extradition request linked to allegations that she broke USA laws prohibiting trade with Iran.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, The People's Daily, published an editorial blasting Canada for the arrest and warning its officials they could face "serious consequences" over the incident.

Le told McCallum that Meng's detention at the request of the United States while transferring flights in Vancouver was a "severe violation" of her "legitimate rights and interests". She cited hypertension in a bail application seeking her release pending an extradition hearing.

Previously, details surrounding why Meng, 46, had been detained were limited due to a press ban. Meng will be back in the court for a bail hearing on Monday. The ban was lifted on Friday.

Rubio said he hopes Meng's arrest will rally support.

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China has lashed out at what it described as the "inhumane" treatment of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou who was earlier detained in Canada.

Huawei, in a brief statement emailed to The Associated Press, said that "we have every confidence that the Canadian and USA legal systems will reach the right conclusion".

A major pillar of the U.S. case is a misrepresentation that Meng allegedly made to a USA bank in 2013, referred to as "Financial Institution 1". "Skycom was Huawei." Evidence for this is reportedly contained in a PowerPoint presentation from that time and it looks like this manoeuvre may be what was referred to in ZTE's F7 memo. She is the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, a national champion at the forefront of President Xi Jinping's efforts for China to be self-sufficient in strategic technologies. Meng, daughter of the Chinese tech giant's founder, is accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Xinhua quoted Le as calling Meng's detention "extremely egregious" and demanded the US vacate an order for her arrest.

"This isn't some last minute thing", he said.

"Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US, and European Union".

Huawei is the world's second-largest smartphone-maker, but is also one of the world's biggest producers of telecommunications equipment, including potentially sensitive high-tech infrastructure.

But concerns that Huawei devices pose national security risks have hurt its ability to grow overseas.



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