China summons Canadian envoy to protest Huawei executive's arrest

  08 December 2018    Read: 1242
China summons Canadian envoy to protest Huawei executive

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver last Saturday and reportedly charged with fraud for telling UK-based banking company HSBC that the Chinese tech giant was in full compliance with US sanctions against Iran in 2013.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has summoned Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum to issue a "strong protest" over Meng's arrest.

Calling Meng's detention "extremely nasty," the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Ottawa to release the Huawei official immediately, warning that there would be "consequences" if Canada refused to do so.

Meng was arrested in Canada at the request of US law enforcement officials. Canada's Department of Justice confirmed last week that the senior Huawei executive had been detained on December 1 and that she was currently sought for extradition to the US, where the New York Times said she faces "unspecified charges from the Eastern District of New York."

The bail hearing for Meng's case is set to continue on Monday.

On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang slammed Washington over Meng's arrest, calling it a "violation of human rights," and saying that Ottawa and Washington had failed to provide a cogent explanation about the reasons for her detention.

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