China furious at Huawei executive's arrest in Canada

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Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd., faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. He added that a publication ban requested by Meng prevented him from providing any further details. Meng was changing flights in Canada when she was detained "on behalf of the United States of America" to face unspecified charges in NY, according to a Huawei statement.

China on December 6 demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the USA and threatens to complicate trade talks.

The company also said it was "not aware of any wrongdoing" by Meng.

In an interview with VOA, White House trade and economic adviser Peter Navarro repeatedly refused to comment on the record about the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, whose company is at the heart of trade tensions between the USA and China.

On the other hand, the Chinese embassy in Canada issued a statement asking both the United States and Canada to "immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou".

In April, China appealed to Washington to avoid damaging business confidence following a Wall Street Journal report that US authorities were allegedly investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran amid spiralling technology tensions.

The detention of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions violations by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by U.S. intelligence officials who deemed the company a national security threat.

Wanzhou Meng, Huawei's global chief financial officer and a deputy chair of Huawei's board of director, is also the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, Huawei's founder.

The arrest and any potential sanctions on the world's second biggest smartphone maker could have major repercussions on the global technology supply chain.




"It comes just days after the American and Chinese presidents agreed to a cease-fire in a tariff battle", "It is the latest in a series of corporate and official clashes over technology policy".

The FTSE 100 plunged to a two-year low today as US-China trade war tensions weighed on European stocks.

He said Meng's arrest without an explanation of the charge violated her human rights. It said Huawei still is a supplier of other equipment and a "valued innovation partner". Mark Warner want Canada to follow the USA and Australia and block Huawei from supplying equipment that would connect Canadians to the high-speed mobile network known as 5G.

The US Justice Department on Wednesday declined to comment.

"What we're demanding is that China obey the rules of the global road and become a fair actor in worldwide trade", Navarro said.

USA national security officials have said Huawei poses a security risk due to its alleged close links to the Chinese government.

The New York Times said the company had been subpoenaed by the US Commerce and Treasury Departments over alleged violations of Iran and North Korea sanctions. At this point it's fair to say most of the goodwill coming out of last weekend's G20 meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi has evaporated.

In her early years at Huawei, she dealt mostly with administrative matters such as taking phone calls, typing, and producing product catalogues, as one of three secretaries in the company. For example, a management company that was controlled by Huawei's parent company in 2007 held all of Skycom's shares, and Meng at the time was that management firm's company secretary, Reuters reported.

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