China seeks Meng’s re­lease

Otago Daily Times - - WEEKEND WORLD -

BEI­JING: China has de­manded Canada re­lease a Huawei ex­ec­u­tive who was ar­rested in a case that com­pounds ten­sions with the United States and threat­ens to com­pli­cate trade talks.

Huawei’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Meng Wanzhou faces pos­si­ble ex­tra­di­tion to the US, ac­cord­ing to Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties.

The Globe and Mail news­pa­per, cit­ing law en­force­ment sources, said she was sus­pected of try­ing to evade US trade curbs on Iran.

The tim­ing of the ar­rest is awk­ward, af­ter the an­nounce­ment of a US­Chi­nese cease­fire in a trade war that has its roots in Bei­jing’s tech­nol­ogy pol­icy.

Meng was de­tained in Van­cou­ver last week­end, as Pres­i­dents Don­ald Trump and Xi Jin­ping met in Ar­gentina and an­nounced their deal.

A Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment state­ment said Meng broke no US or Cana­dian laws and de­manded Canada re­lease her.— AP

Meng Wanzhou

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