China summons Canada envoy over detention of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Sunday, 09 Dec, 2018

Beijing has threatened Ottawa with consequences if it doesn't release Huawei's chief financial officer.

"The ability to talk about free trade will be put in the icebox for a while". The Trump administration says they benefit from improper subsidies and market barriers.

Her lawyer said she avoided the USA not because of any investigation but because the country has been unfriendly toward Huawei.

"Such a move ignores the law and is unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature", the news agency quoted Le as saying in the statement. U.S. prosecutors argue that Meng fraudulently said there was no link, the court heard yesterday. Meng also served on Skycom's board between February 2008 and April 2009, according to Skycom records filed with Hong Kong's Companies Registry.

Ming Xia, a professor of political science and global affairs at City University of NY, said Meng's arrest was another example of how members of Trump's trade team know how to use very sharp, pinpoint moves to teach China a lesson.

Continued concerns over U.S.

Meng's alleged wrongdoings date back to 2013, which raises the question why Washington waited for so long, with some speculating it maybe a sneak attack by the United States amid an escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing. There has been a cacophony of commentary in the press and social media on both sides of the Pacific. Ltd.'s chief financial officer on Saturday, warning that otherwise it would face consequences. Martin said that, while Huawei had remained a shareholder of the company, there is "no evidence" it was a Huawei subsidiary in 2013 and 2014, the period under investigation. Canada is presenting the case against Meng on behalf of the USA, which wants to extradite her.

Huawei used Skycom's Tehran office to provide mobile network equipment to several major telecommunications companies in Iran, people familiar with the company's operations have said. Ltd., is accused of fraud offenses and faces an extradition request from the US, a bail hearing was told.

Gibb-Carsley told the B.C. Supreme Court hearing that Reuters reported in 2013 that Huawei was operating Skycom and had attempted to import USA -manufactured computer equipment into Iran in violation of sanctions.

Chinese state media have argued that the United States was abusing the law to hurt Huawei's global reputation.

On Thursday, former prime minister Stephen Harper told Fox Business News that while he was in power he became increasingly concerned about allowing the use of equipment from Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese telecom-equipment manufacturer. The US government has long viewed the company and its close ties to the Chinese government as a threat to national security.

The hits just keep on coming for Huawei: earlier this week, BT announced that it would be removing Huawei equipment from "key areas" of its 4G network. New Zealand also said it will not use Huawei equipment for its 5G network, a statement echoed by Australia.

"The Chinese government should seriously mull over the United States tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China's high-tech enterprises", said the nationalist tabloid Global Times in an editorial.

What China might do in response remains unclear.

A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to a Chinese executive at the heart of a case that is shaking up US-China relations and worrying global financial markets. "We know what to do".