China warns Canada to release Huawei executive or face consequences

Canada is facing a tough and serious warning from China in relation to the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou calling the case as extremely nasty.

Wanzhou is also daughter of Huawei’s founder and is now facing extradition to the United States where she could face charges of conspiracy to defraud several financial institutions. She could get up to 30 years of jail term for each charge. She was arrested on December 1 while changing plane in Vancouver.

China said Canada could face severe consequences if the 46-year-old executive of the telecom company is not released immediately.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng the detention was a serious breach of her rights.

He added, “(her detention) ignored the law, was unreasonable… extremely nasty.”

Meanwhile, Canada court heard extradition plea and the next hearing is scheduled for Monday. After about six hours the arguments couldn’t reach to a decision.

The arrest of Meng coincided with the meeting of Trump and China’s Xi Jinping in Argentina. Both talked about resolving trade war. It resulted with roiling of stock markets and condemnation from Chinese authorities.

Huawei spokesman said they are confident Canada and US would reach the right conclusion.

Paul Linus