Canada assured Thursday that there was no "political interference" in the arrest of a Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei's leader in Vancouver, at the request of the United States, a decision that could halt the recent truce. in the trade war between Beijing and Washington.
"We were informed of the judicial process a few days before the arrest," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, December 1, on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the second global smartphone . However, "there was no political intervention in this decision because we respect the independence of the judicial system," he said.
"I had no discussions with my Chinese counterparts about this," said the Canadian prime minister.
The White House was also warned of the arrest on the same day President Donald Trump was having dinner with his counterpart Xi Jinping, White House national security adviser John Bolton on the NPR radio station.
On the other hand, he said he did not know if Donald Trump had been personally informed of Ms. Meng's arrest.
The Saturday meeting between the United States and the Chinese presidents ended with the announcement of a truce in the Sino-American trade war.
"Meng Wanzhou was arrested on 1 December in Vancouver, the United States calling for his extradition and a hearing for his release on parole must take place on Friday," the Canadian Justice Department said Wednesday.
Reports from the press say Washington suspects that Ms. Meng, the company's chief financial officer, has violated US sanctions against Iran.
"We ask both parties (Canada and the United States) to be provided with clarifications as soon as possible on the reasons for this detention," a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geng Shuang, hammered on Thursday during a press release.
He demanded the "immediate" release of Meng Wanzhou.
The Chinese embassy in Canada had already stated in a statement previously issued that Beijing had "strongly protested" against the arrest of a Chinese citizen "who had violated any US or Canadian law".
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Huawei has stated that it has no knowledge of wrongdoing from its financial director.
"The company has received very little information regarding the allegations and is not aware of any damage from Ms. Meng," the company said in a statement.
"Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations, including export control laws and regulations and sanctions, adopted by the United Nations, the United States and the European Union."
In boosting the fears of a trade war, Thursday's stopping news brought down stock markets around the world, including Hong Kong down 2.47%, Shanghai by 1.68% and London of 3.12% in the enclosure.
Ms. Meng is the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei in 1987, and a former member of the Chinese army.
In April, the Wall Street Journal reported that US justice opened an investigation to see if the leader had violated US sanctions against Iran.
The US authorities suspect that Huawei has at least exported products from the United States since 2016 to Iran and other countries sanctioned by the United States, in violation of US law.
Another Chinese telecommunications giant, ZTE, has been heavily penalized this year by the Trump administration for violating the US embargo on Tehran.
ZTE had to stop most of its activities, endangering its survival. The company was finally released with a fine of $ 1 billion.
The US government has officially asked the telephone operators at the beginning of the year not to buy Chinese products for their 5G networks, which are of a strategic nature, with several elected officials who see in Huawei "a threat to the security of the United States. "
A Canadian Cybersecurity Center official, Scott Jones, warned that Canada must remain on guard after being arrested and remain "combative of whatever may be the trigger" of the Chinese retaliation.