China has warned Canada for "serious consequences" if it did not immediately release the telecommunications company Huawei's chief financial officer,…
China has warned Canada for “serious consequences” if it did not immediately release the telecommunications company Huawei’s chief financial officer, which calls the case “extremely nasty”.
“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release detainees and protect their legitimate, legitimate rights seriously, otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences that are caused,” said a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday.
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and daughter of the founder, was arrested in Canada on December 1
, and is facing extradition to the United States.
The United States claims that the 46-year-old enforcer drew up the company’s links to a company that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions.
In case of extradition to the United States, Meng may face conspiracy charges to interfere with several financial institutions, with a maximum penalty of 30 years for each fee.
Canada’s arrest of Meng when needed in the United States while switching aircraft in Vancouver was a serious breach of its rights, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said.
Moved “the law was ignored, was unreasonable” and was by nature “extremely nasty,” he added.
On Friday, a Canadian court heard extradition notification, but no decision was made after nearly six hours of argument and opposition. The case will be heard next Monday.
There was no immediate response from Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Saturday.
When the question of the possible Chinese backlash after Meng’s arrest announced, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Friday that Canada has a very good relationship with Beijing.
“It’s likely to be a deep freezing with the Chinese in high visits and exchanges,” said David Mulroney, former Canadian ambassador to China, on Friday.
“The opportunity to talk about free trade will be put in the icebox for a while. But we have to live with it. It’s the price to handle a country like China.”
Meng was arrested the same day as US President Donald Trump met in Argentina with China’s Xi Jinping to look for ways to resolve an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
The news of her arrest has cheered stock markets and condemned the Chinese authorities, despite the fact that Trump and his highest financial advisors have played down their importance for trade negotiations after the two leaders agreed on a security guard.
A spokesman from Huawei said on Friday, the company has “every confidence that the Canadian and American legal system will reach the right conclusion”.
The company has stated that it complies with all applicable export controls and sanctions and other regulations.