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China demands Canada release Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver

China demands Canada release Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver”

The company said it wasn't aware of any wrongdoing by the CFO and that authorities in both countries will "ultimately reach a just conclusion".

Her arrest drew a quick reaction in Washington.

A US judge last month issued an order finding that China's ZTE Corp violated probation imposed in March 2017 when the company pleaded guilty for conspiring to evade USA sanctions by illegally shipping USA goods and technology to Iran.

Aly Song / Reuters A man walks by a Huawei logo at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China, Dec. 6.

He said targeting Huawei, one of the most successful Chinese companies, "will trigger anti-US sentiment in China".

Suspicions over Huawei's links to the Chinese government have made the company a target for suspicion and the United States has led the charge to ban its products and services.

"If the Chinese need further convincing, this case would show them beyond doubt Trump's commitment", said Lam.

Bolton also declined to discuss specifics over Meng's arrest, saying it was a matter for law enforcement. USA markets were closed on Wednesday to mark the death of former President George H.W. Bush. It's not an isolated incident, but rather the latest chapter in a long history of tension between China's smartphone and telecommunications giant and the USA government and businesses. The company ranks as the world's top supplier of telecommunications network equipment and the second-most prolific maker of smartphones, ranking ahead of California-based Apple and trailing only South Korea-based Samsung.

"Detaining a person without providing an explanation has undoubtedly violated her human rights", Geng said, adding the Chinese government "has made clear our solemn positions to the US and Canada".

Her brother, Meng Ping, works at Huawei as do their father's younger brother and his current wife.

A ministry spokesman, Gao Feng, said China will promptly carry out their agreement and is confident they can reach a trade deal during the 90 days set by Trump to suspend U.S. tariff hikes.

"You can play hardball with a small country but you can't do it with the US", he said.

"So while there was a brief moment of optimism after the weekend U.S".

"This is usually the kind of move China does", says McGregor.

Beijing asked Washington and Ottawa to explain the reason for Meng's arrest, said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang.

While Meng's arrest comes at a delicate time in U.S. A 2012 report by the House Intelligence Committee report urged USA businesses to avoid their products and called for blocking all mergers or acquisitions involving them.

The United States has been looking into whether Huawei Technologies Ltd violated USA sanctions against Iran since at least 2016 and more recently the company's use of HSBC Holdings Plc to make illegal transactions involving Iran.

BT, Britain's largest mobile provider, said this week it was removing the equipment of Huawei from its 4G cellular network.

Earlier this year, it barred United States companies from exporting to ZTE, effectively shutting down the firm.

"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 company said in a statement.

Huawei has been banned from helping build fundamental communications infrastructure in some western countries, including 5G telecom service, over fears that it leaves those countries vulnerable to espionage on behalf of the Chinese government. Meng Wanzhou aka Sabrina or Cathy meng serves as CFO and deputy chairwoman of Huawei's board.

Several other past and present Skycom directors appear to have connections to Huawei.

US Senator Ben Sasse praised the action and said that it was "for breaking US sanctions against Iran". He added: "Sometimes Chinese aggression is explicitly state-sponsored and sometimes it's laundered through many of Beijing's so-called "private" sector entities".



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