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China summons US, Canadian ambassadors in Huawei CFO arrest

BEIJING has issued a 'solemn protest' to the governments of the US and Canada against the 'evil' detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the Financial Times reports

China summons US, Canadian ambassadors in Huawei CFO arrest

BEIJING has issued a 'solemn protest' to the governments of the US and Canada against the 'evil' detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the Financial Times reports

11 December 2018 - 19:00

BEIJING has issued a 'solemn protest' to the governments of the US and Canada against the 'evil' detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the Financial Times reports.

The foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador in Beijing, Terry Branstad, to demand the arrest warrant for Ms Meng be withdrawn immediately.



'We urge the US to pay attention to China's justified and solemn position, to immediately correct its mistaken actions and cancel the arrest warrant against this Chinese citizen,' said vice foreign minister Le Yucheng.



China also warned Canada that it could face 'serious consequences' and 'will bear the full responsibility' of its actions if Ms Meng is not released, calling the arrest 'unreasonable, merciless and evil'.



The US has implicated Ms Meng and Huawei in fraudulent banking activity as a means of subverting Washington's sanctions on trade with Iran. Ms Meng has denied all charges and that the Shenzhen-based telecom giant is blameless in this matter.



Canadian authorities found that Ms Meng was carrying three Hong Kong passports at the time of arrest, the South China Morning Post reports.



Hong Kong officials said that only one passport can be valid at any given time, though individuals can apply for new documents if old ones are damaged or filled.



'A person with multiple SAR passports is not news but the most important point is that at a certain point of time she only has one valid one,' said Lai Tung-kwok, former head of Hong Kong's Immigration Department.



In a published letter to Canada, the US Department of Justice wrote that 'in the past 11 years, Ms Meng has been issued no fewer than seven different passports from both China and Hong Kong,' arguing that she was a flight risk and should not be granted bail.


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