China Summons Canadian Envoy To Protest Huawei Exec’s Arrest, Warns Of ‘Consequences’ If She Is Not Released

“The Chinese Foreign Ministry has summoned Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum to issue a “strong protest” over Meng’s arrest

Calling Meng’s detention “extremely nasty,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Ottawa to release the Huawei official immediately, warning that there would be “consequences” if Canada refused to do so.

Meng was arrested in Canada at the request of US law enforcement officials. Canada’s Department of Justice confirmed last week that the senior Huawei executive had been detained on December 1 and that she was currently sought for extradition to the US.”

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Canada’s extraordinary arrest one week ago of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder and billionaire executive Ren Zhengfei, and its decision to charge her with “multiple” counts of fraud – a preamble to her likely extradition to the US to face charges of knowingly violating US and EU sanctions on Iran – has elicited widespread anger in Beijing, which declared Meng’s detention a “violation of human rights” during a bail hearing for the jailed executive on Friday.

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That anger has apparently only intensified after the hearing adjourned without a decision (it will resume on Monday, allowing Meng’s defense team to argue for why she should be released on bail, contrary to the wishes of government attorneys who are prosecuting the case).



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