Huawei arrest: China demands release of Meng Wanzhou
04:50 Fri Dec 07, 2018
Meng Wanzhou was detained while transferring between flights in Vancouver
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China is demanding the release of telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer, who has been detained in Canada.
Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s founder, could face extradition to the US.
She was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December, but the news was not made public at her request.
The charges remain unknown but the US has been probing Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.
China says her detention is possibly a rights abuse.
Ms Meng has sought a publication ban on the details of the arrest, which has been granted by the courts.
Huawei said it was “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng”.
Huawei is one of the largest telecommunications equipment and services providers in the world, recently passing Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone maker after Samsung.
European shares hit a two-year low and indexes across Asia dropped sharply following the arrest.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson told reporters: “The detention without giving any reason violates a person’s human rights.”
“We have made solemn representations to Canada and the US, demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person’s legal rights.”
Beijing has itself frequently been accused by rights groups of rights abuses including unexplained detentions.
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