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China lodges strong protest against Huawei CFO's extradition proceedings

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has lodged a "decisive" protest with due to its "persistent promotion" of judicial procedures related to the of Huawei's (CFO)

"The Chinese side has expressed its extreme discontent and decisive protest to the Canadian side due to its persistent promotion of the so-called judicial procedures on the of Ms has already lodged stern representations (with Ottawa)," China's Foreign Ministry's spokesman, stated.

The statement comes in the wake of paving the way for a hearing to extradite Meng to the United States, where she is sought for allegedly violating sanctions imposed by on

Meanwhile, issued a note on March 2, labelling the allegations put forth by the as "politically motivated".

"The allegations of the US side are politically-motivated. The US (Donald Trump) has repeatedly said that if the case of Ms helps reach a (trade) deal between the and China, he will intervene in this case. Despite that, the still decided to issue the relevant order. We are very disappointed by these actions," Sputnik quoted the Chinese giant as saying.

The telecom company, furthermore, claimed that Meng's actions were not offensive under Canadian law. Hence, the statement claims that Ottawa's authorisation of the violates the dual criminality principle, which is the main requirement for extradition.

"Ms Meng Wanzhou did nothing illegal. The abused judicial procedures by initiating criminal procedures and asking for her extradition," claims.

Meng, who is currently under house arrest, will appear in court on March 6 in The extradition hearing will be scheduled during this appearance on Wednesday. The eventual hearing could lead to the CFO's extradition to

The had previously announced 13 criminal charges against Huawei, Meng and its affiliates in the United States and Hong Kong. Meng will face trial if extradited to

However, if the is not found guilty during her extradition hearing, then Canada's will take the final decision regarding the case.

There has been an ongoing diplomatic standoff between and due to Meng's arrest, with calling for Meng's return. has, furthermore, also detained Canadians in its country after the Huawei's CFO's arrest in in December last year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 02 2019. 18:05 IST
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