Huawei's finance boss says she will fight extradition

Huawei's finance boss says she will fight extradition

China has warned the Canadian ambassador that if Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecom and tech giant Huawei, is not released, there will be "grave consequences", CBS News reported on Sunday.

"Only by correcting its mistake, immediately ending its violation of a Chinese citizen's lawful and legitimate rights and giving the Chinese people a due explanation, can Canada avoid paying a heavy price", the paper cautioned.

China has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing to protest about the detention of a senior Huawei executive in Canada after USA law enforcement officials issued a warrant for her arrest last week.

China will take further action based on USA actions, according to Le.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's deputy chairwoman and CFO, is wanted by the USA for allegedly violating trade sanctions against Iran.

She was arrested last week while changing flights in Vancouver and is awaiting possible extradition to the U.S.

Meng is reportedly suspected of trying to evade US trade curbs on Iran. Prosecutors also allege that Ms. Meng and Huawei misled American banks about their business dealings in Iran.

On Sunday, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned US Ambassador Terry Branstad a day after he called in Canadian envoy John McCallum to voice China's displeasure. She cited hypertension in a bail application seeking her release pending an extradition hearing.

"It seems that the Canadian detention facility is not offering her the necessary health care", the Global Times said, adding the Huawei executive had surgery in May to remove her thyroid gland and is now suffering from high blood pressure.

The hearing in Vancouver is the start of a long legal process in Canada that could end with Meng being sent to the U.S. to stand trial.

"Ms. Meng personally represented to those banks that Skycom and Huawei were separate when in fact they were not separate", said Crown Counsel John Gibb-Carsley.

Rubio and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) last February introduced the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, which would have prohibited the U.S. government from purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment or services from Huawei, ZTE, and their subsidiaries and affiliates.

China on Monday cranked up its protests over the arrest of an executive of telecom giant Huawei on a U.S. warrant in Canada.

A bail hearing began in Vancouver on Friday, and Meng is spending the weekend in jail before it continues next week.

Huawei has denied any ties to the Chinese government, but many in Washington and other Western capitals are skeptical and have raised security concerns.

British Columbia said in a statement Sunday it cancelled a trade mission to China because of Meng's detention. 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. "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion", Huawei said last week.

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

While protesting what it calls Canada's violation of Meng's human rights, the Communist Party is regularly accused by outsiders of rights violations at home.

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