China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec 'vile in nature'

In a company presentation from 2013 that was released with the Canadian court documents, Huawei said it communicated with US government agencies on a "day-to-day" basis to obtain what it called "professional guidance" on trade compliance. There are no details yet available about the number of people involved, nor the motivation for the break-in, particularly whether it is related to the high-profile global arrest of the home-owner's wife, who is pending extradition to the United States.

Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned US ambassador Terry Branstad one day after he called in Canadian envoy John McCallum to voice China's displeasure.

However, Canadian officials and representatives of major telecom companies have maintained that they have put safeguards in place - long ago, and before the American alarm - to ensure Huawei isn't a security or privacy threat.

There are fears China could detain Canadians in retaliation.

Le told McCallum that Meng's detention at the request of the United States while transferring flights in Vancouver was a "severe violation" of her "legitimate rights and interests". The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology.

The United States has been looking since at least 2016 into whether Huawei shipped US -origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of USA export and sanctions laws, Reuters reported in April.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, was detained on the same day that President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed over dinner to a 90-day cease-fire in the trade dispute.

The Canadian government is undergoing a review of whether Huawei poses a risk. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in Iran. "Judges will decide", Paris tweeted in response to the comments from Beijing.

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China strongly urges the United States to pay attention to China's solemn and just position and withdraw the arrest warrant on Meng, Le added.

The surprise arrest raises doubts about whether the trade truce will hold and whether the world's two biggest economies can resolve the complicated issues that divide them.

In a bail hearing that was adjourned on Friday, Canadian government lawyer John Gibb-Carsley asked for bail to be denied, saying Meng has been accused of "conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions".

Meng is wanted in the US for allegedly using an unofficial company called Skycom to access the Iranian market between 2009 and 2014, which would be in violation of USA sanctions. He said Meng, arrested en route to Mexico from Hong Kong, was aware of the investigation and had been avoiding the United States for months, even though her teenage son goes to school in Boston.

Like Canada, the United Kingdom hasn't moved to ban Huawei from doing business with their networks - despite US warnings that they may be jeopardizing the "Five Eyes" intelligence gathering partnership.

Land title records show Ms. Meng and Ms. Liu bought their Dunbar property in 2009 for $2,738,000. The hearing continues Monday. A Huawei spokesman said on Friday the company has "every confidence that the Canadian and US legal systems will reach the right conclusion".

Canada's arrest of Meng at the request of the United States while she was changing plane in Vancouver was a serious breach of her lawful rights, Le said.

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