China Summons US Ambassador Over Arrest of Huawei CFO
December 10, 2018
WASHINGTON –– China’s vice foreign minister has summoned the U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, in a protest over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, and said it will take “further action” if needed.
Meng was arrested in Vancouver Dec. 1 on the orders of U.S. authorities for allegedly violating American sanctions on selling technology to Iran.
Le Yucheng, the Chinese official, said U.S. actions have violated the “legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and are extremely bad in nature,” according to a posting on the foreign ministry’s website. “China will take further action based on the U.S. actions.”
The request came a day after Canada’s ambassador to China was also summoned to the ministry.
Meng’s arrest, on allegations that she committed fraud to sidestep sanctions against Iran, has become a flashpoint in trade tensions between the U.S. and China.
The U.S. Friday began a case against Huawei in a Vancouver courtroom, alleging that Meng had hidden ties between Huawei and a company called Skycom that did business in Iran, said a lawyer representing Canada during the court hearing.
Canada is presenting the case on behalf of the U.S., which wants to extradite Meng.
Meng, daughter of Huawei’s founder, is spent the weekend in jail after bail was not decided. The case will continue on Monday.
©2018 Bloomberg News
Visit Bloomberg News at www.bloomberg.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
In The News
WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan later this week to discuss their nations’ worsening conflict over trade and commercial relations, the course of the global economy may depend on which Donald Trump shows up. Trump has veered for... Read More
BEIJING — The city of Suzhou, known as “the Venice of the East” for its web of intricate waterways, captured the imagination of Marco Polo when he journeyed through China more than seven centuries ago. Today it’s drawing attention for another grand project: a sprawling network... Read More
SINGAPORE — The Asia-Pacific region is one of the fastest-growing markets for arms dealers. Economic growth, territorial disputes and long-sought military modernizations there propelled a 52% increase in defense spending over the last decade to $392 billion in 2018, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research... Read More
BEIJING — The Chinese-controlled internet is already a world apart from that used by the rest of the globe, split by censorship that blocks users in China from accessing many of the apps and websites used daily in the U.S. and elsewhere. Now those separate worlds... Read More
BEIJING — Everyone remembers China’s “Tank Man,” who stood with bags in his hands, blocking a line of tanks withdrawing from Tiananmen Square a day after the fatal June 4, 1989, military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. Thirty years later, Fang Zheng wonders why the tanks stopped... Read More
BEIJING — The 10-minute segment that ran on Chinese state television this week showed cadet trainees of the People’s Liberation Army scrambling over towering walls, dragging enormous tires, crawling through mud and shouting motivational slogans as President Xi Jinping exhorted the academy to be ready to... Read More