'Severe violation of rights': China summons Canada envoy over detained Huawei exec

'Severe violation of rights': China summons Canada envoy over detained Huawei exec

China strongly urges the United States to pay attention to China's solemn and just position and withdraw the arrest warrant on Ms Meng, Mr Le added.

China summoned the American ambassador in Beijing yesterday after warning Canada of "severe consequences" for the arrest and possible extradition of a senior executive accused of breaking sanctions against Iran. The Chinese government has warned Canada that if Meng is not released, the country will face "grave consequences".

A headline in a Communist Party newspaper called Canada's treatment of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, "inhumane".

Meng entered the courtroom in downtown Vancouver at 10:25 a.m. local time, wearing a green sweatsuit and accompanied by her lawyer. The judge, after hearing arguments from Meng's lawyer and prosecutors, did not rule on bail. After almost six hours of arguments and counter arguments, the hearing was adjourned until Monday. He described the case against Meng as a "law enforcement issue". The ban was lifted on Friday. She cited hypertension in a bail application seeking her release pending an extradition hearing. Prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley, a lawyer with Canada's Justice Department, said in the court hearing that a warrant had been issued for Meng's arrest in NY on August 22.

Earlier this week, Huawei said Meng was detained by Canadian authorities on behalf of the United States when she was transferring flights in Canada.

The Canadian government was given a few days' notice of the imminent arrest of Huawei's CFO on behalf of U.S. authorities, with Wanzhou Meng facing a bail hearing on Friday.

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

On Sunday, while Mr. Kudlow explained that Ms. Meng's arrest was in a "different channel" from the trade battle, he acknowledged that the two issues could somehow become mingled. She is the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, a national champion at the forefront of President Xi Jinping's efforts for China to be self-sufficient in strategic technologies. Banks in the United States cleared money for Huawei, but unbeknownst to these financial firms, they were conducting business with Skycom in contravention of the sanctions, the lawyer said.

Last week, BT Group in the United Kingdom said it will be stripping Huawei equipment from its mobile carrier EE's 3G and 4G core networks, and will not be using the Chinese technology giant for its 5G networks.

Ms Meng's husband, Mr Liu Xiaozong, is listed as the owner of the house.

Huawei is the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, with revenue of about $92 billion a year ago.

The company has been repeatedly singled out by officials in the United States.

Meng's arrest follows a USA probe into the company's alleged violations of Iran sanctions.

The 46-year-old executive was arrested in Vancouver while changing planes, ratcheting up tensions between the USA and China just as the countries' leaders agreed to a truce in their trade war.

"Let's look at what the indictment says and let the [Justice Department] do its thing", he said.

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