China is boiling mad over the detainment of Huawei’s chief finance officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Canada, as the C-level executive is accused of helping smartphone maker Huawei dodge United States (US) sanctions on Iran.
The US released news that it has detained Ms Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei just days after both the US and China came to a trade truce with a deadline of 90 days in an attempt to end their damaging trade war. Other than serving as the CFO of Huawei, Ms Meng is deputy chairwoman of Huawei’s board.
The Chinese government is now exacting pressure on the US and Canada over the arrest and are demanding for Ms Meng’s release.
China’s Foreign Ministry has summoned US, Canadian ambassadors to China in a “strong protest” against the CFO’s arrest, calling the detention “lawless, reasonless and ruthless,” and “extremely vicious”. In the statement to Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum, China warned of “serious consequences” to Canada if it doesn’t release Ms Meng.
China’s embassy in Ottawa, Canada's capital, was incensed with Meng’s detention, saying the arrest “strongly harmed the human rights of the victim” and pledged to take “all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens”.