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Chinese embassy demands release of Huawei CFO arrested in Canada

Reuters  |  SHANGHAI 

By Jourdan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's embassy in criticised and the on Thursday for wrongfully arresting a at Chinese telecoms giant and demanded her immediate release.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's global chief financial officer, is facing extradition to the and her arrest could rekindle tensions between and only days after they agreed to a ceasefire in a bitter trade war.

Meng was arrested in on Dec. 1. Her arrest is related to violations of U.S. sanctions, a person familiar with the matter said. was unable to determine the precise nature of the violations.

The Embassy of the People's Republic of in Canada said that it resolutely opposes Meng's arrest and demands her immediate release.

"The Canadian police, at the request of the United States, arrested a Chinese citizen who had not violated any U.S. or Canadian law," the embassy said in a short statement on its website.

"has already made solemn representations to the and Canada, demanding they immediately correct their wrong behaviour and restore Ms Meng Wanzhou's freedom."

A court hearing has been set for Friday, a said.

Meng is one of the vice chairs on the Chinese company's board and the daughter of company founder is strategically important to China's ambitions in from to chips.

Western governments are increasingly wary of what they say is possible Chinese state involvement in fifth-generation has insisted has no influence over the company.

Huawei's smaller rival had to temporarily halt much of its business earlier this year after the U.S. imposed an export ban on the company related to it illegally shipping U.S.-origin goods to and

(Reporting by Jourdan; Editing by Michael Perry)

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 08:35 IST