China urges new Canadian govt to release Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou immediately

Meng charged in the United States with bank fraud, and is accused of misleading HSBC Holdings PLC.


China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged Canada's re-elected Liberal Party government to immediately release detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Geng Shuang, a spokesman at the ministry, made the comment at a regular news briefing.

Meng has been detained in Vancouver since December last year.

China urges new Canadian govt to release Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou immediately

Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition to the United States.. Image: Huawei

She is charged in the United States with bank fraud, and is accused of misleading HSBC Holdings PLC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's business in Iran, which is under US sanctions.

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Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition to the United States. China detained two Canadian men shortly after police arrested Meng on a US warrant.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals held on to power after an election in October, although it was reduced to a minority government that needs the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party.

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