China demands release of Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver

China demands release of Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver

China demands release of Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver

On Thursday, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said Meng's arrest was not political.

Meng was changing flights in Canada when she was detained "on behalf of the United States of America" to face "unspecified charges" in New York, Huawei said in a statement.

"The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference".

"If you look at various reports from the U.S. government agencies, you can see that regulations have been tightened up significantly in past few months", added Mr Campling. "The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim", its statement read.

Chinese foreign-ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Thursday that his government wants Canadian officials to reveal their reasoning.

A White House official told Reuters Trump did not know about a USA request for her extradition from Canada before he met Xi and agreed to a 90-day truce in the brewing trade war.

The Virginia Democrat said in a statement on the arrest that there's "ample evidence" to suggest Huawei is not independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party. He said targeting Huawei, one of its most successful companies, "will trigger anti-U.S. sentiment". "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", the firm said in a statement.

The statement said that Meng has been "temporarily detained" when she was "transferring flights in Canada" and that Meng faces "unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY".

Meng's arrest came at the behest of USA authorities and is connected to an investigation into alleged violations of US trade sanctions, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Huawei is one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment and services providers.

China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the countries with no US extradition treaties.

It sells more smartphones than Apple (AAPL) and builds telecommunications networks in countries around the world.

FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton waits for the begenning of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 27, 2018.

The Wall Street Journal reported this year US authorities are investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.

According to Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, both the U.S. and Canadian authorities have yet to clarify their reason for a‌rres‌ti‌ng Meng.

The arrest was made at Washington's request as part of a USA investigation of an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade US sanctions against Iran, according to people familiar with the probe. The U.S. Justice Department has refused comment.

"Recall that over 100 Chinese companies traded limit down (last month) when news broke the United States urged allies to blacklist Huawei?" Other, less wealthy nations are concerned less about spying and more about low prices, which play to Huawei's advantage.

Faced with this explosive report, Huawei first denied the story, calling the report "unfounded".

Following news of the event, which didn't break until Wednesday, speculation swirled as to whether the U.S. or Chinese presidents knew of the law enforcement action.

But it's what happened a month after Su's initial arrest that now has some spooked: Canadians Julia and Kevin Garratt, who lived three decades in China operating a coffee shop and doing Christian aid work, were arrested and accused of spying and stealing military secrets.

There has always been concern that Huawei is not that separated from some of the Chinese security apparatus and there are suggestions its equipment could be used for spying.

The U.S. sees Huawei and smaller Chinese tech suppliers as possible fronts for espionage, and as commercial competition.

David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said USA and Canadian business executives could face reprisals in China. ZTE, whose Hong Kong-listed shares were suspended in April because of the ban and only resumed trading in July, was also forced to replace its board.

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