Em­bassy protests ar­rest

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By NA LI in Toronto re­[email protected]­nadai­lyusa.com

The Chi­nese em­bassy in Ot­tawa on Wed­nes­day voiced its “firm op­po­si­tion” to the re­ported ar­rest of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of China’s Huawei Tech­nolo­gies.

The Cana­dian po­lice, at the re­quest of the US, ar­rested a Chi­nese ci­ti­zen who did not vi­o­late any US or Cana­dian laws, the em­bassy said in a state­ment posted on its of­fi­cial web­site.

“The Chi­nese side ex­pressed firm op­po­si­tion and strong protest against such gross vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights,” it said. “The Chi­nese side has made solemn rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the United States and Canada, de­mand­ing that they im­me­di­ately cor­rect the wrong­do­ing and re­store the per­sonal free­dom of Ms. Meng.”

Meng is also deputy chair­man of the board and the daugh­ter of com­pany founder Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei said in a state­ment that Meng was chang­ing flights in Canada when she was detained “on be­half of the United States of Amer­ica” to face “un­spec­i­fied charges” in New York.

“The com­pany has been pro­vided very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the charges and is not aware of any wrong­do­ing by Ms. Meng,” the state­ment said.

Huawei said it com­plies with “all ap­pli­ca­ble laws and reg­u­la­tions where it op­er­ates, in­clud­ing ex­port con­trols and sanc­tion laws and reg­u­la­tions of the UN, the US and Euro­pean Union”, and it “be­lieves the Cana­dian and US le­gal sys­tems will ul­ti­mately reach a just con­clu­sion.”

Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties said on Wed­nes­day that they have ar­rested Meng for pos­si­ble ex­tra­di­tion to the United States, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. It cited Canada’s Jus­tice De­part­ment spokesman Ian McLeod as say­ing Meng was detained in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, on Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to The Globe and Mail, a Cana­dian source said US law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties “are al­leg­ing that Meng tried to evade the US trade em­bargo against Iran but pro­vided no fur­ther de­tails”.

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