China summons USA ambassador over Huawei CFO's arrest

Chinese Tech Exec Faces 30 Years in Prison in U.S., Canadian Prosecutor Says

China's latest tirade over the case came as Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder, faces a Canadian court's decision on bail later Monday in Vancouver.

The official Xinhua news agency said the vice-foreign minister, Le Yucheng, had "lodged solemn representations and strong protests" with the ambassador, Terry Branstad, against the detention of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese technology firm.

Fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE in 2017 faced an nearly $900 million fine for using US components in devices that it sold in Iran, breaking the USA embargo on telecom equipment exports to Iran. Yucheng said China would like the United States to revoke the arrest warrant against Meng and allow her to be freed.

Meng's arrest on December 1 has infuriated Beijing, roiling stock markets and raising tensions amid a truce in the US-China trade war.

The United States is seeking to have Meng extradited on allegations that she tried to evade American trade sanctions on Iran. Since learning of the investigation into her alleged activities, Meng has avoided the United States and other Huawei executives have stopped traveling to the U.S., he added. Meng is accused of misrepresenting Huawei's connection with Skycom to several banks involved in the case, leading to one bank clearing more than $100 million dollars worth of transactions.

A headline in a Communist Party newspaper called Canada's treatment of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, "inhumane".

China summoned the US ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest Canada's detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei at Washington's behest and demand the USA cancel an order for her arrest. Meng and Huawei are also accused of misleading American banks about its business dealings in Iran. Banks in the U.S. cleared money for Huawei, but unbeknownst to these financial firms, they were conducting business with Skycom in contravention of the sanctions, the lawyer said. "It is totally separate from anything I work on or anything that trade policy people in the administration work on", Lighthizer told the CBS programme Face the Nation.

"Huawei and ZTE and multiple Chinese companies pose a threat to our national interests our national economic interests and our national security interests", he added. A judge had accepted Meng's request to bar both police and prosecutors from releasing information about the case prior to the hearing.

"When the Chinese ask a telecom company, 'we want you to turn over all the data you've gathered in the country you're operating in, ' they will do it". Martin, her lawyer, said she would never breach a court order on bail because that would embarrass her father and China. As a result, an unidentified financial institution cleared more than $100 million worth of transactions related to Skycom through the US between 2010 and 2014, the court papers said.

Mr Rubio was a strong critic of China's ZTE Corp, which pleaded guilty in 2017 to violating United States laws that restrict the sale of American-made technology to Iran.



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