China demands release of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

07 December, 2018, 14:40 | Author: Frank Williams
  • Asian markets tumble, China tech hit after Huawei arrest

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 46, who is also the daughter of the company founder, was arrested on December 1 at the request of the United States.

China is demanding the release of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was detained in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities.

Huawei, for its part, said it was unaware of any wrongdoing on the part of its chief financial officer.

A White House official told Reuters Trump did not know about a USA request for her extradition from Canada before he met Xi and agreed to a 90-day truce in the brewing trade war.

"The Chinese government should seriously mull over the United States tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China's high-tech enterprises", said the nationalist tabloid Global Times in an editorial.

The China Daily warned that "containing Huawei's expansion is detrimental to China-US ties".

The ar‌‌re‌s‌t was praised by at least one American official, Republican Senator Ben Sasse (Nebraska), who, in a statement, accused China of undermining the "national security interests" of the U.S."Sometimes Chinese aggression is explicitly state-sponsored and sometimes it's laundered through many of Beijing's so-called "private" sector entities that are in bed with [Chinese President] Xi's communist party", said Sasse.

Jiang said he does not believe Meng lives in Vancouver or Canada. "That was a well-known story and she eventually proved herself and moved herself up in the ranks", he said.

She could also be fitted with electronic monitoring equipment, and the court could go so far as to order security to monitor her while she awaits a decision on extradition, lawyers said.

The company's Canadian arm said in a statement that Meng's arrest is "in no way" related to Huawei Canada's business or research operations.

He said Meng would likely be returned to detention if there was no decision on bail.

Beijing's restrained response marked a contrast to rhetoric in the country's state-run media.

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Huawei, now the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer, is among China's most internationally known technology firms.

She is credited in her bio with establishing Huawei's globally unified finance organization - helping grow the company to the world's largest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies.

But its USA business has been tightly constrained by worries it could undermine American competitors and that its cellphones and networking equipment, used widely in other countries, could provide Beijing with avenues for espionage.

New Zealand followed suit in November but said the issue was a technological one.

China reacted with anger as state-run newspapers called Meng's arrest a "despicable rogue's approach" motivated by USA jealously over its superior technology. "As for the China-US trade talks, I have been saying in the last two days that ... the two sides are accelerating negotiations to reach a win-win deal as soon as possible".

The goal is to keep China stuck in "low-end industries and force China into the middle income trap".

Earlier this year, ZTE almost collapsed after Washington banned United States companies from selling crucial hardware and software components to it for seven years, though the ban was lifted after it agreed to pay a $1bn.

Global stock indexes, including the FTSE 100, were rattled by Meng's arrest and the possible increase in tensions between the U.S. and China.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that his government had been given a few days notice prior to the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer.

"We have a good judicial process in regards to the next steps".

At the same time, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said global Chinese tech firms like Huawei would be a "major subject" of discussion between the USA and Chinese governments during their trade negotiations, although Bolton did not specify whether Meng's case would be covered in future talks.

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