Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repudiated the claims about his government involvement in the arrest of a chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.
Justin Trudeau dismissed political motivation behind Ms. Meng arrest
Earlier, Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrested at Vancouver airport on a US extradition bid. Meanwhile, China called her arrest a human right violation and also demanded her freedom.
Huawei has denied for being aware of any offense by Ms. Meng. The charges against her have not made public and she will further go for a bail hearing on Friday.
Her arrest will affect US-China relations who are already going through a trade war. The trade war has also seen both countries levy duties on billions of dollars of each’s goods.
Ms. Meng arrested on the same day, US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping confronted each other at G20 summit in Argentina. Her arrest has also infuriated China.
Ms. Meng is the Huawei chief financial officer and daughter of its founder. Huawei is famous as one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment and services providers. The company has recently passed Apple for being the second-biggest smartphone manufacturer after Samsung.
The Canadian authorities didn’t reveal her arrest until the day when she had to appear before the court.
Mr. Trudeau said his government did not play a role in her arrest. He further explained that he wants to convince “everyone that we are a country [with] an independent judiciary”.
Some Western governments also think that China will succeed to expand its spying abilities through fifth-generation (5G) mobile and other communications networks through Huawei.
Japan may also prohibit on government use of products by Huawei and ZTE. Mr. Bolton, US Security Adviser expresses US concerns about the actions of Chinese companies “to use stolen American intellectual property, to engage in forced technology transfers, and to be used as arms of the Chinese government’s objectives in terms of information technology in particular”.
A Chinese foreign ministry further reported that: “The detention without giving any reason violates a person’s human rights. The ministry further demanded that both parties immediately clarify the reasons behind the detention and release the detainee to ensure her legal rights.
A Huawei statement informed that the company has fulfilled “all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US, and EU”.
In a letter to suppliers, Huawei said: “We believe it is unreasonable of the US government to use these sorts of approaches to exert pressure on a business entity”, adding that “they are against the spirit of free economy and fair competition”.
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