Anger in China over arrest of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou in Canada

Anger in China over arrest of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou in Canada

Anger in China over arrest of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou in Canada

National security advisor John Bolton said he did not know if President Donald Trump was also aware of the operation to detain Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on a USA request as she was changing planes in Vancouver.

In the short run, her arrest heightens skepticism about the trade truce that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reached last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 and faces extradition to the U.S.

Another U.S. official told Reuters that while it was a Justice Department matter and not orchestrated in advance by the White House, the case could send a message that Washington is serious about what it sees as Beijing's violations of worldwide trade norms.

Wanzhou, 46, was arrested by Canadian authorities as part of an US investigation into an alleged scheme by Huawei to use a global banking institution to make illegal transactions involving Iran, Reuters reported.

Huawei would not change its cooperation with more than 13,000 companies worldwide, it said.

But "one thing that is undoubtedly true and proven is the United States is trying to do whatever it can to contain Huawei's expansion in the world, simply because the company is the point man for China's competitive technology companies", China Daily said. Meng Wanzhou is scheduled to appear in court on Friday for a bail hearing.

Her bio on the company website says Meng joined Huawei in 1993 and held various positions across the company, including director of worldwide accounting and CFO of Huawei Hong Kong.

She could also be fitted with electronic monitoring equipment, and the court could go so far as to order security to monitor her while she awaits a decision on extradition, lawyers said.

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HuaweiHuawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou

A Huawei spokesman declined to comment on Thursday and said that Wednesday's statement still stands. She would also have to give up her passport, he said.

A Japanese official said though that no decision has been made.

China is demanding the release of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was detained in Canada at the request of USA authorities.

At the heart of the Meng's detention is the debate about China's use of advance technology to enhance its IT industry that rivals the US.

Crown prosecutors have declined to say why Meng is being sought for extradition, but the Wall Street Journal has reported that it is related to alleged violations of USA trade sanctions, which Reuters news reported were sanctions against Iran.

But China regularly asks other countries to extradite individuals for arrest, including from the United States and Canada.

Huawei, which generated US$93 billion (S$127 billion) in revenue a year ago and is seen as a national champion in China, faces intense scrutiny from many Western nations over its ties to the Chinese government, driven by concerns it could be used by Beijing for spying.

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. Meng".

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