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China demands release of Huawei executive arrested in Canada

IANS  |  Ottawa 

on Thursday demanded the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou, the (CFO) of Huawei, whose arrest could escalate into a major diplomatic incident.

Calling Meng's detention a "rights abuse", urged both and to clarify their reasons for the action. She was arrested in on Saturday and faces extradition to the US.

The row threatens to drive a further rift between the US and even as they begin three months of negotiations aimed at de-escalating their bruising trade war. confirmed Meng's detention on Wednesday night.

Details of the arrest were not released but the US has been investigating over possible violation of sanctions against Iran, reports say.

She was provisionally detained by the Canadian Authorities on behalf of the US, when she was transferring flights in Canada, the reported.

US stock futures and Asian shares tumbled after Meng's arrest. Fearing that a US-trade war truce was becoming unattainable, Europe's main stock indices slumped to their lowest point since December 2016 in morning trading.

Also, indexes across dropped sharply following the arrest.

"The detention without giving any reason violates a person's human rights," said

"We have made solemn representations to and the US, demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person's legal rights."

He added that China had been providing consular assistance to Meng since learning of her arrest.

Earlier, the Chinese Embassy in also lodged its protest over the arrest.

denied any wrongdoing by its Meng. She has sought a publication ban on the details of the arrest, which has been granted by the courts. Therefore, the company said it had little information about the charges and was "not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng".

The said in a statement that "the company complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates".

A court hearing has been set for Friday, according to Canada's Justice Department.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:02 IST