Chinese embassy demands release of Huawei CFO arrested in Canada

2018-12-06 02:08:46 GMT2018-12-06 10:08:46(Beijing Time) Sina English

China’s embassy in Canada criticised Canada and the United States on Thursday for wrongfully arresting a senior executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and demanded her immediate release.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s global chief financial officer, is facing extradition to the United States and her arrest could rekindle tensions between Washington and Beijing only days after they agreed to a ceasefire in a bitter trade war.

Meng was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. 

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada said that it resolutely opposes Meng’s arrest and demands her immediate release.

“The Canadian police, at the request of the United States, arrested a Chinese citizen who had not violated any U.S. or Canadian law,” the embassy said in a short statement on its website.

“China has already made solemn representations to the United States and Canada, demanding they immediately correct their wrong behaviour and restore Ms Meng Wanzhou’s freedom.”

A court hearing has been set for Friday, a Canadian Justice Department spokesman said.

Huawei’s smaller rival ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) had to temporarily halt much of its business earlier this year after the U.S. imposed an export ban on the company.

Agencies

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