Arrest of Huawei CFO violates her rights, China says
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.
The Huawei stand during the Mobile World Conference in Shanghai on June 27, 2018.