B.C. trade mission cancels China trip due to Huawei events

Dwayne Harmon
December 11, 2018

In a statement cited by official news agency Xinhua, China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said Meng's detention was a "severe violation" of her rights and interests as a Chinese citizen. He demanded the US vacate the arrest warrant, warning that Beijing will take further steps based on Washington's response, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 on the orders of US authorities for allegedly violating American sanctions on selling technology to Iran.

If convicted, she faces more than 30 years in prison.

The Huawei chief is accused of misleading multinational banks about Huawei's control of a company operating in Iran.

China has threatened Canada with grave consequences if a top executive at Huawei Technologies Co.is not immediately released, calling her arrest as she changed planes in Canada "unreasonable, unconscionable and vile in nature". Her bail hearing resumes in Vancouver on Monday.

In a company presentation from 2013 that was released with the Canadian court documents, Huawei said it communicated with United States government agencies on a "day-to-day" basis to obtain what it called "professional guidance" on trade compliance. He noted that some Skycom workers used Huawei email addresses and employees in Iran used a different set of stationary depending on whether they were doing Huawei or Skycom work.

In a brief statement emailed to The Associated Press, Huawei said "We have every confidence that the Canadian and USA legal systems will reach the right conclusion".

Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said that Chinese pressure on the Canadian government won't work.

Meng Wanzhou, Executive Board Director of the Chinese technology giant Huawei, attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling!" in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2014.

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In a bid to get bail Meng's lawyers that she's not a flight risk because she wouldn't want to embarrass her father, the founder of Huawei, as well as the company itself and the whole country.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that US authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.

"We have to understand Chinese companies are not like American companies. OK".

He also said that Meng's arrest "shouldn't really have much of an impact" on the talks, although he conceded that the Chinese might see it that way. The U.S. has pressured other countries to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.

The arrest, which came just after a truce was declared in the US-China trade war by Donald Trump and President Xi, has once again increased tensions between the world's two most powerful countries.

Huawei told the Richmond News last Wednesday that it has "every confidence that the Canadian and USA legal systems will reach the right conclusion".

Canadian officials have declined to comment on Chinese threats of retaliation, instead emphasizing the independence of Canada's judiciary and the importance of Ottawa's relationship with Beijing.

The statement also warned Canada of "serious consequences" if it doesn't release Meng.

Adam Austen, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, said on Saturday there is "nothing to add beyond what the minister said yesterday".

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