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Chief financial officer of China's Huawei arrested in Canada

AFP  |  Ottawa 

The of China's global has been arrested in and faces to the United States, officials said Friday, triggering a strong protest by Beijing, which called for her immediate release.

Meng Wanzhou's detention comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected sanctions by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by officials, who deemed the company a national security threat.

Meng "was arrested in on December 1," a statement by Canada's ministry of justice said.

"She is sought for by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday." The ministry added it could not provide further details due to a publication ban that was sought by Meng, who is the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese People's

reported in April that had opened an investigation into suspected violations of sanctions by meanwhile said that the company had been subpoenaed by the Commerce and Treasury Departments over alleged violations of and sanctions.

China's embassy in issued a swift reaction to the news, calling for Meng's release.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim," the diplomatic mission said in a statement.

"The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms " Huawei added it was unaware of any wrongdoing and was in compliance with all applicable laws.

"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng (Wanzhou)," it said.

Huawei is one of the world's largest and services providers.

But despite global success, its US has been tightly constrained by worries it could undermine American competitors and that its cellphones and networking equipment, used widely in other countries, could provide with avenues for espionage.

Over the summer, also barred Huawei from providing for in the country over espionage fears. followed suit in November, but said the issue was a technological one.

In June, Canada's newspaper reported that US lawmakers warned the that Huawei posed a major cybersecurity risk.

Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market, Huawei surpassed to become the world's number two maker in the second quarter of this year and has in its sights.

Meng's arrest comes as and have been engaged in exploratory talks on a free trade agreement for the past two years, which would be the first deal of its kind between and a western country.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 09:15 IST