China has demanded the immediate release of a senior Huawei telecoms executive whose arrest is threatening to develop into a major diplomatic incident، according to The Guardian.
Beijing is calling for both Ottawa and Washington to clarify their reasons for the detention of Meng Wanzhou the Chinese company’s global chief financial officer، who was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday and faces extradition to the US. Canada confirmed her detention on Wednesday night.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Thursday that Beijing had separately called on the US and Canada to immediately clarify the reasons for the detention and “immediately release the detained person”.
The controversy threatens to drive a further wedge between the US and China.
Geng said China had been providing consular assistance to Meng since learning of her arrest.
Meng is one of the vice-chairs on the Chinese technology company’s board and is the daughter of the company’s founder، Ren Zhengfei.
Her arrest is reportedly related to alleged violations of US sanctions. A court hearing has been set for Friday، according to Canada’s department of justice.
In a statement، the department confirmed Meng had been arrested and was facing extradition.
“As there is a publication ban in effect، we cannot provide any further detail at this time. The ban was sought by Ms Meng،” it said.