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Canada, US show no signs of releasing Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

Meng Wanzhou Executive Board Director of the Chinese technology giant Huawei attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum Meng Wanzhou Executive Board Director of the Chinese technology giant Huawei attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum"Russia
Leonard Rios | 13 December, 2018, 20:23

Senior White House administration officials on Sunday insisted that Canada's arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition request was exclusively a law enforcement matter that would not derail talks with China.

Meng appeared in a Vancouver court today for a bail hearing that was told by the Crown that the United States alleges Huawei Technologies used subsidiary Skycom to do business with Iran, violating sanctions against that country.

Canada's arrest of Meng at the request of the United States while she was changing plane in Vancouver was a serious breach of her lawful rights, Le said.

The allegation against Meng came in a packed Vancouver courtroom during a hearing on whether she should be released on bail before an extradition process.

Dressed in a dark green sweatshirt and sweatpants, she shook hands with her lawyer, David Martin, and smiled at him after she was led into B.C. Supreme Court by a sheriff.

Reuters later reported that Skycom had much closer ties to Huawei and Meng than previously known.

Meng also said she was taken to a hospital for treatment for hypertension after being detained.

The U.S. case against Meng involves Skycom Tech Co.

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Meng Wanzhou, the deputy board chair and chief financial officer (CFO) of Huawei, one of the world's biggest makers of smartphones and networking equipment. She now faces extradition to the USA on charges of trying to evade US sanctions on Iran.

"There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party - and Huawei, which China's government and military tout as a "national champion" is no exception", U.S. Sens.

US investigators believe the misrepresentations induced the banks to provide services to Huawei despite the fact they were operating in sanctioned countries, Canadian court documents released on Friday showed. Almost a year ago, AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones.

Likewise, Rod Hunter, an global economic official in President George W. Bush's White House and a partner at law firm Baker McKenzie, said, "I'm skeptical that the Chinese are going to want to say 'uncle.'" USA and Chinese officials are "trying to tackle a problem that is going to take years, maybe a decade, to resolve".

The arrest of a prominent Chinese telecommunications executive has driven home why it will be so hard for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve its deepening conflict with China. If Meng was not released, there would be "serious consequences, for which the Canadian side will bear full responsibility", he stated. "John has been very clear with the Chinese authorities - as we are with Canadians - that this was a matter handled as a part of our rule-of-law process; it was done without any engagement on involvement in the political level because we respect the independence of our judiciary". "We can't even get Apple to crack an iPhone for us in a terrorist investigation", he told CBS "Face the Nation".

Australia, New Zealand and Britain are among the countries that have moved to limit the Chinese companies' involvement in their next-generation telecoms networks. "They have to. We need to understand that".

In contrast to some of China's recent disputes with other countries, there has been little evidence of an organised campaign to stoke anti-U.S. behaviour, or that consumers have begun to shun USA goods in any volume due to the trade war.

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