Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

China demands release of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

China demands release of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

"I can assure everyone that we are a country of an independent judiciary and the appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference", Trudeau said.

In a statement released Thursday, the Chinese Embassy in Canada protested the move as an act that "seriously harmed the human rights of the victim", referring to Meng.

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

The timing is particularly interesting given that Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping just agreed to commit to 90 days of trade negotiations to clear up the ongoing trade war between the two countries.

Priscilla Moriuchi, a former East Asia specialist at National Security Agency now with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, said both ZTE and Huawei are wedded to China's military and political leadership.

Meanwhile, Huawei said that it has received little information about the case and was not aware of any wrongdoing on the part of Meng.

A user of China's Twitter-like Weibo platform said Chinese should boycott products made by USA tech giant Apple Inc and instead buy Huawei products to show support for one of China's national champions.

"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. Meng...to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY, when she was transferring flights in Canada.

Meng Wanzhou's detention comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by USA intelligence officials, who deemed the company a national security threat. "The Chinese government should seriously mull over the USA tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China's high-tech enterprises".

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.

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau claimed they were unaware of plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada.

Sasse said in a statement that China was "working creatively to undermine our national security interests, and the United States and our allies can't sit on the sidelines".

China's foreign ministry is demanding that Canada release Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, and the daughter of its founder. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, reported that she is suspected of violating USA sanctions against Iran.

The arrest of Meng threatens to derail a fragile truce in a trade war between the U.S. and China.

"If someone from the United States is hoping to use threats to an individual's personal safety in order to add weight in the talks, then they have most certainly miscalculated", he said.

Huawei, the world's biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies, has always been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services, whose cyber-spies are widely acknowledged as highly skilled. Several other past and present Skycom directors also appear to have connections to Huawei.

These are steps that US authorities typically follow in seeking arrests and extraditions of individuals in foreign countries.

He added that the United States has had "enormous concerns for years about the [.] practice of Chinese firms to use stolen American intellectual property, to engage in forced technology transfers, and to be used as arms of the Chinese government's objectives in terms of information technology in particular".

James McGregor, the greater China chairman of the public relations firm APCO, likens the situation to what it would be like if Chinese law enforcement suddenly arrested a relative of Apple CEO Tim Cook or Microsoft founder Bill Gates. ZTE, whose Hong Kong-listed shares were suspended in April because of the ban and only resumed trading in July, was also forced to replace its board. Huawei has repeatedly insisted Beijing has no influence over it.

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