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China demands Canada release arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou



Huawei logo on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center in
January 2018.

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  • China is demanding the release of Huawei’s Chief
    Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was detained in Canada at
    the request of US authorities.
  • China says that Meng had been arrested without
    explanation and that could be a “violation of her human
  • But Canadian law dictates that people are told why they
    have been arrested or detained, and Canada says it cannot offer
    details publicly because of a publication ban requested by Meng
  • Canada has not publicly said why Meng has been
    arrested, but reports say that she was arrested on suspicion of
    violating the US’s trade sanctions on Iran
  • The arrest comes amid a trade war between the US and China
    and has sent global stocks plunging.

China demanded Canada release the Huawei executive
arrested at the request of US authorities, saying she was
arrested without an explanation of the charge which could
violate her human rights.

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, was
arrested in Vancouver by the Canadian Justice Department on

US officials want Canada to extradite her, agency
representative Ian McLeod
said in an email to Business Insider. 

The Globe And Mail
 and South
China Morning Post reported
that Meng was arrested on
suspicion of violating the US’s trade sanctions on Iran. But
Huawei spokesman Chase Skinner said in a statement that Huawei is
unclear on why she was detained.

Canadian law dictates
that people who have been arrested or
detained are given a reason. McLeod told Business Insider that
Canada could not provide more details about the arrest as there
“is a publication ban in effect” that was “sought by Ms.

US 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.

The Chinese government said on Thursday that Meng had not broken
any US or Canadian laws and demanded Canada “immediately correct
the mistake” and release her.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Beijing
asked Washington and Ottawa to “immediately release the detained
person” and to explain the reason for her arrest, saying that
arresting Meng without an explanation of the charge was a
violation of her human rights, the
Associated Press reported.

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Skinner said on Wednesday that Huawei “has
been provided very little information regarding the charges and
is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng.”

meng wanzhou
Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng


“The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems
will ultimately reach a just conclusion.”

Canadian authorities “provisionally detained” Meng, the
daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, while she was
transferring flights in the country, Skinner said.

The Chinese embassy in Canada also issued strong warnings
about the arrest. 

“The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over
such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of
the victim,” it said in a

“We will closely follow the development of the issue and
take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and
interests of Chinese citizens.”

Fu Liang, a Beijing-based independent telecom analyst, said that
Canada arresting Meng on behalf of the US is “weird.”

But China regularly asks other countries to extradite individuals
for arrest, including from the

Huawei is one of China’s most prominent technology companies and
is the world’s second-biggest smartphone manufacturer.

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to China trade-war jitters

But its devices have come under scrutiny in the US and
elsewhere over spying fears. The head of the UK’s MI6
said this week that Huawei could pose a threat to British
and New Zealand has blocked its top telecom firm
using Huawei equipment for its 5G mobile network,
“significant national security risks.”

Meng’s arrest also comes as the US and China try to smooth
tensions in an effort to prevent a mounting trade war.

Global stocks plunged on Thursday
as the arrest escalates an
already fraught trade relationship between the two countries.

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