China increases pressure on US, Canada over Huawei executive's arrest

Meng was arrested in Vancouver in Dec. 1

Le Yucheng, vice-minister of foreign affairs, told the U.S. ambassador, Terry Branstad, that the detention of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver on United States charges was "extremely egregious".

"The actions of the United States seriously violated the lawful and legitimate rights of the Chinese citizen, and by their nature were extremely nasty", Le told Branstad.

The Xinhua report quoted Le as calling Meng's detention "extremely egregious", demanding the United States cancel the order for her arrest and saying China would take further steps based on Washington's response.

Huawei's chief financial officer has reportedly been arrested in Vancouver and is facing extradition to the U.S. over allegations of violating trade sanctions with Iran.

It is alleged she used Hong Kong company Skycom to access the Iranian market in deals that violated U.S. sanctions. Banks in the USA cleared money for Huawei, but unbeknownst to these financial firms, they were conducting business with Skycom in contravention of the sanctions, the lawyer said.

Mr Le had told Canada's ambassador to Beijing on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did... She says she was taken to hospital for the treatment of hypertension after her arrest, and is seeking release prior to an extradition hearing.

In a hearing that was adjourned on Friday, Canadian government lawyer John Gibb-Carsley asked for bail to be denied, saying Meng has been accused of "conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions".

USA officials allege that Meng and other Huawei representatives misled financial institutions about Huawei's control of Skycom, so the Chinese company could gain access to the worldwide banking system.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he was given a few days notice of the plan to arrest Meng, but there had been no political involvement in the actions of Canadian legal authorities.

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CTV News has learned that the home on West 28th Avenue near Crown Street is one of two luxury properties owned by Meng Wanzhou and her husband.

Ms. Meng, who spent the weekend in jail, is scheduled to have a court hearing resume Monday.

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

Meng's arrest came after Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires where they agreed to a 90-day truce after months of increasing tariffs by both sides.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that USA authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.

Meng's defense lawyer David Martin said the evidence presented doesn't prove she broke either USA or Canadian law.

The surprise arrest raises doubts about whether the trade truce will hold and whether the world's two biggest economies can resolve the complicated issues that divide them.

'In the past seven days, be it Canada or the United States, neither have provided any evidence of the involved party breaking the law in either country, ' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing in Beijing.

A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told AFP on Saturday that Ottawa had no further comment on the case.

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