China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei

The Chinese Embassy in Canada has issued a statement over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou

Wanzhou Meng, who is also the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, is facing extradition orders to the USA on suspicion of violating trade sanctions against Iran.

Meanwhile, a clerk at the B.C. Supreme Court says Meng appeared in court Wednesday and a bail hearing is scheduled for Friday.

"As there is a publication ban in effect, we can not provide any further detail at this time".

"We are closely watching the developments in Asia after reports that Canada has arrested the Huawei CFO facing USA extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions".

China on Thursday demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks.

"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng", the statement said. He said targeting Huawei, one of the most successful Chinese companies, "will trigger anti-US sentiment in China".

The Chinese government said Meng had broken no United States or Canadian laws and demanded Canada "immediately correct the mistake" and release her.

Sources told Reuters in April that USA authorities have been investigating Huawei, the world's largest telecoms equipment maker, since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping us -origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of us export and sanctions laws.

USA authorities have been probing Huawei since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping US -origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of US export and sanctions laws, sources told Reuters in April.

Despite being essentially barred from the critical United States market, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world's number two smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year and has market leader Samsung in its sights.

Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

It says China will closely follow the developments on the case and "take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens".

A woman uses her mobile phone in front of an LED display board of Huawei at the Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in China on July 9. American officials have sought to persuade other nations to curb business ventures with Huawei because of security concerns. Its massive push into future mobile communications has raised hackles in the USA and become a focal point for American attempts to contain China's ascendance.

Canada's Justice Ministry has released few details, citing a publication ban called for by Meng.

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday declined to comment.

The tensions between the U.S. and Huawei started a few months ago due to allegations of spying by the Chinese government using Huawei's equipment.

The charges against Meng - the daughter of the telecoms company's founder - remain unknown, but could relate to a possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

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

Patrick Cronin with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, agrees that Xi may use the Huawei episode to stall progress in trade talks. Over the weekend, President Trump had tweeted that he was suspending an increase in tariffs after reaching a deal with China.

The SCMP obtained a transcript of an internal question-and-answer between Meng and her father, Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei. Personnel on U.S. military bases are banned from buying ZTE and Huawei equipment.

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