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China FM wants explanation for arrest of Huawei Exec

China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday demanded the US and Canada explain the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer and called for her immediate release

Dec 08

15:50
2018

China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday demanded the US and Canada explain the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer and called for her immediate release.

Meng Wanzhou, a vice-chair of the company and daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in transit through Vancouver and is sought for extradition by the US. A bail hearing has been set for Friday.

Her arrest came after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into Huawei’s suspected violation of the US-Iran sanctions. But a spokesperson for Canada’s Ministry of Justice said that no further details could be provided owing to a publication ban sought by Meng.

The global telecommunications giant, Huawei, is one of the world’s largest companies of its kind.

At a regular press conference on Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that the government had “expressed its solemn position” on the case to Canada and the US respectively.

“We demand that the other side immediately clarify the reasons for the detention and release the detained person immediately,” he said. “Personnel shall earnestly protect the lawful and legitimate rights and interests of the parties concerned.”

Geng said both Canada and the US have not given any reasons for Meng’s detention. Following the arrest, Huawei said it was unaware of any wrongdoing and was in compliance with all applicable laws.