China summons United States ambassador over Huawei arrest

Вторник, 11 Дек, 2018

She says she was taken to hospital for the treatment of hypertension after her arrest, and is seeking release prior to an extradition hearing.

Meng, 46, faces US accusations that she misled multinational banks about Huawei's control of a company operating in Iran.

Le said earlier in a separate statement that US actions have violated the "legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and are extremely bad in nature", while also pledging further action. He demanded the USA vacate the arrest warrant, warning that Beijing will take further steps based on Washington's response, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The other day, we told you that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is being held in Canada after being arrested a week ago yesterday. The arrest has alarmed global markets amid worries it could torpedo possible thawing of trade tensions between the USA and China.

Canadian prosecutors have warned the court to deny bail to Meng, saying that she has ample reason to try to flee Canada to avoid extradition stateside.

During a bail hearing Friday, Meng's lawyer told the court she has strong ties to Vancouver and her two properties, worth a total of $14 million, could be put up for bail.

China raised the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing for a top Chinese technology executive resumed Monday in Vancouver.

Huawei said its Iran operations were "in strict compliance with applicable laws, regulations and sanctions" of the United Nations, United States and European Union, according to Canadian court documents released on Sunday.

Over the weekend, the Chinese authorities separately summoned the ambassadors of Canada and the United States to protest against Meng's arrest on charges that she committed fraud to sidestep sanctions against Iran. The announcement came amid fears China could detain Canadians in retaliation. Meng, daughter of the Chinese tech giant's founder, is accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. He noted that some Skycom workers used Huawei email addresses and employees in Iran used a different set of stationary depending on whether they were doing Huawei or Skycom work.

The economic adviser said he could not guarantee that Meng won't be released as part of ongoing US trade talks with Beijing.

But with negotiations underway against a "hard deadline" of March 1 to settle the tariff dispute between the world's two biggest economies, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he did not expect the arrest to disrupt the talks.

The firm has always been a source of worry for Washington and its allies, given its close ties to the Chinese government and China's military leaders.

Over the weekend, China summoned both the Canadian and USA ambassador to protest Meng's detention.

Chinese officials said the USA had "seriously violated the legitimate rights and interests of a Chinese citizen in an extremely vile way".

USA federal law already bans military and government use of devices made by Huawei and fellow Chinese firm ZTE.

In 2013, the Times added, Reuters reported that Huawei was selling us computer gear to an Iranian phone company via that pipeline. And that would be illegal due to current US sanctions against that country.

"The government considers that the involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law, may risk failure by the carrier to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorised access or interference", Canberra said at the time.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver while changing planes on December 1, the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to a truce in their trade battle and gave negotiators three months to find a compromise.