Ar­rest of Huawei CFO vi­o­lates her rights, China says

Business Daily (Kenya) - - CORPORATE NEWS -

China has urged the US and Canada to "clar­ify" the ar­rest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer.

The daugh­ter of the founder of the Chi­nese tele­coms gi­ant was ar­rested in Van­cou­ver on De­cem­ber 1 and could face ex­tra­di­tion to the US.

De­tails of the ar­rest have not been re­leased but the US has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing Huawei over pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tion of sanc­tions against Iran. China de­manded her re­lease, say­ing her de­ten­tion was pos­si­bly a rights abuse.

Huawei is one of the largest telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and ser­vices providers in the world, re­cently pass­ing Ap­ple to be­come the sec­ond-big­gest smart­phone maker after Sam­sung.

Ms Meng has sought a pub­li­ca­tion ban on the de­tails of the ar­rest, which has been granted by the courts. Huawei said it had lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about the charges and was "not aware of any wrong­do­ing by Ms Meng".

Euro­pean shares hit a twoyear low and in­dexes across Asia dropped sharply fol­low­ing the ar­rest.

A Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son told re­porters: "The de­ten­tion with­out giv­ing any rea­son vi­o­lates a per­son's hu­man rights." We have made solemn rep­re­sen­ta­tions to Canada and the US, de­mand­ing that both par­ties im­me­di­ately Time-frame within which the tar­iff truce ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the US and China at the G20 should have ma­te­ri­alised

clar­ify the rea­sons for the de­ten­tion, and im­me­di­ately re­lease the de­tainee to pro­tect the per­son's le­gal rights."

Bei­jing has it­self fre­quently been ac­cused by rights groups of rights abuses in­clud­ing un­ex­plained de­ten­tions.

Mean­while, Ms Meng's ar­rest comes at a sen­si­tive time for Us-china re­la­tions. The na­tions are en­gaged in a trade war that has seen both im­pose du­ties of bil­lions of dol­lars on one an­other's goods.

But con­cerns the ar­rest would im­pact the 90-day tar­iff truce ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the two na­tions at the G20 have not yet ma­te­ri­alised. China an­nounced in a reg­u­lar press brief­ing on Thurs­day that it would "im­me­di­ately" im­ple­ment the mea­sures agreed.

It also co­in­cides with moves to re­strict the use of Huawei tech­nol­ogy in Western coun­tries. The US, Aus­tralia and New Zealand have blocked the use of the Chi­nese firm's equip­ment in in­fra­struc­ture for new faster 5G mo­bile net­works.

--AFP

The Huawei stand dur­ing the Mo­bile World Con­fer­ence in Shang­hai on June 27, 2018.

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