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China envoy accuses Canada of 'double standards' over Huawei arrest

Reuters  |  BEIJING/TORONTO 

BEIJING/(Reuters) - China's to has accused of "double standards" and disregarding his country's judicial sovereignty, in a diplomatic row sparked by the arrest of at the request of the

denounced Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the of Technologies Co on Dec. 1 on a U.S. extradition warrant, and threatened reprisals unless the case against Meng was dropped.

Days after the arrest, detained two Canadian citizens - and Michael Kovrig, a former with the - whom it is investigating for endangering its national security.

In an article in the Ottawa-based newspaper on Wednesday, said Canada's demands for the release of the two men reflected "double standards" born of "Western egotism and white supremacy".

Lu wrote, "It seems that, to those people, the laws of or other Western countries are laws and must be observed, while China's laws are not, and shouldn't be respected."

A lack of concern in for Meng suggested that humanitarian treatment was only deemed necessary for Canadian citizens, not Chinese people, he added.

has not drawn a direct link between its detention of the two Canadians and Meng's arrest, but Beijing-based Western diplomats have called the cases a tit-for-tat reprisal.

While Meng has had full access to lawyers, has been granted bail and is able to see family, Kovrig is being denied legal representation, is not allowed to see family, and is limited to one consular visit a month.

The has sought to extradite Meng on charges of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions.

is the world's biggest supplier of and the second-biggest seller.

Since at least 2016, the has been looking into whether Huawei shipped U.S.-origin products to and other countries in violation of U.S. export and sanctions laws, reported in April.

(Reporting by in and Denny Thomas in TORONTO; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 10:20 IST
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