China warns of "grave consequences" if Huawei executive is not released



The other day, we told you that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is being held in Canada after being arrested a week ago yesterday. A U.S. investigation reportedly found that Meng was involved in a plot to use the global banking system to do business with Iran. And that would be illegal due to current U.S. sanctions against that country. Meng, the 46-year old daughter of Huawei's founder, faces extradition to the U.S. For now, she remains detained in Canada with her bail hearing continuing tomorrow.

According to NBC News, China today "summoned" U.S. ambassador Terry Branstad, who met with Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng. During the meeting, the Vice Foreign Minister strongly protested the arrest of Huawei's CFO. Le added that the U.S. should drop its arrest warrant against Meng and told Ambassador Branstad that China's response will depend on what actions the U.S. decides to take.

The Vice Foreign Minister also met with Canadian Ambassador John McCallum. Yesterday Le told China's state run Xinhua News Agency that if Canada doesn't release Meng immediately, it will face "grave consequences." He says that the arrest is "unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature."

The U.S. has been warning its allies not to use Huawei networking equipment for their 5G build out. Last June, senior U.S. lawmakers warned their Canadian counterparts that they should consider Huawei to be a threat to their national security. The company is the largest global supplier of networking equipment and is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. You can learn more about Huawei by watching the video at the top of this article, produced by the Wall Street Journal.

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37 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2384; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

While traveling many people are rightly or wrongly imprisoned all over the world including countries like Canada, USA, and China. Nobody gives a crap about that "little guy". This lady just gets arrested and regardless of whether she's innocent or guilty articles like this(everywhere) make it sound like its turning into the second assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand...

21. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

U.S. can make sanctions only to U.S. companies. Huawei is Chinese company and it is not obligated to act according American sanctions. The isn't UN statement or sanction to keep Huawei in response for such thing

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But Huawei is using American parts in their equipment, so yes they are obligated to act accordingly.

37. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

According the same logic, US must respect Chinese acts, using Chinese parts in the whole Economics. Or Russians, because they use Russian engine's in US space program.

38. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True, same goes the other way around. Like US companies need to abide by Chinese law (hence Chinese Apple users have their iCloud stored in Chinese servers). What I don't like about the ban on Iran, is that you also hurt the Iranian people. Like hospitals can't use US meds because of the ban and rely on Chinese meds that don't work as well. And believe me when most of the Iranian population don't like their own government or stand for the same beliefs.

39. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

US are well known with "exporting" democracy in their wicked way. Remeber Iraq? Afganistan? Who create IDIL? When one country find natural resources, like petrol for example, US immediately want to import their way of democracy - obey to USA. Or we will f*ck you!

2. Bobbyv

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2018

China the great should take out all of its money and all of its shares from The evil US and ban all the US products to. we all should try our best to destroy US economy

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Before you post stuff like that, you should really do some research into whether there's any truth to claims against Huawei. As far as destroying the US economy, good luck, and stop dreaming dude.

23. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"As far as destroying the US economy, good luck, and stop dreaming dude" China could call in all US debt, dump all stock they hold of US companies and ban US manufacturing in China. This would put the US into a recession that has never been seen before, the country would grind to a halt. It would be disastrous for China as well but the US would come off far worse.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude puuuuulease. Stop dreaming.

31. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Mootu, I pray that CIA won't interpret your comment as an evil psychotic plan.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That made me LMAO ,do you not think that would also hurt them.

6. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

I sincerely hope you're joking. You know that Chinese economy is heavily supported by US right?

7. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Well vice versa, China holds about 10% of total US deb, the largest creditor. This is simply a game of cat and mouse. Don't believe any of the media speculation.

13. MrPhilo

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Its about 50-50, but I can see US coming out the worse. Since probably 80-90% stuff made in US is China.

40. Alex_12

Posts: 54; Member since: May 30, 2018

US doesn't need China... The only reason most of manufacturing made in China is because of cheap man power. US hold all the knowledge and technology, they can easily move everything to India.

41. MrPhilo

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

It's not as 'Simple' as just moving, have you ever done business abroad?

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2932; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Triggered fanboy found

10. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

At the risk of ruining their own economy? Highly unlikely.

5. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

I'm using Huawei phone with ZTE router...i done my part.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Yay communism! Everyone poor together, and slaves to the government

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yeah, cause slaves to corporations is so much better, not to mention all the debt to credit card companies.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

If they arrested her on the grounds of stealing technology, that would have at least been believable. But come on... arresting someone over dealing with the enemy? I am not a major fan of the Chinese government but gosh dang, this is obviously political motivated and rather groundless imho

11. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"The Vice Foreign Minister also met with Canadian Ambassador John McCallum. Yesterday Le told China's state run Xinhua News Agency that if Canada doesn't release Meng immediately, it will face "grave consequences." Did we hear Trump getting beast mode when apple store was heavily reengineered and dictated in China? NO. Did we hear America raise their arms when google was experiencing operation aurora in 2009, forcing the company to abort their chinese expansion plans? NO Statements by china like this means there really is something about huawei that they don't want the international community to know. I commend Trudeau for not getting distracted with such aggressive statements.

14. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What if they did business with Iran? US has no rights to prohibit companies to do so, US is not the boss of this world! They will loose the battle! Aldo where is the proof that Huawei is spying? There is none while Cisco had NSA backdoors build in which was proven. US is hypothetical!

16. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Meanwhile Trump doesn't want to harm trade relations with the Saudi's over Khashoggi's murder. Only the fickle will listen to the lies out of Trump's mouth. Hypocrites.

34. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Trump is the biggest idiot around! Saudi's killed Khashoggi but the weapons deal stands otherwise it will go to another country. So in this case Trump admitted that human life is not important! Also Osama Bin Laden was a Saudi, but did US attacked them no they invaded Afghanistan. If US does something wrong than it is all fine. But if they suspect another country it will be all over the news!

18. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Quick look on history.. American company supply oil for Nazi to feed all those panzers, and Coca Cola still sell their drink on German during WWII, they even have factories there. And on recent history, American company sell weapons to ISIS. What Huawei did right now is nothing compared to what US already did. And btw, did America even have any proof that Huawei did any bad thing to them by selling stuff to Iran?

19. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I think he means your source for this. ""Quick look on history.. American company supply oil for Nazi to feed all those panzers, and Coca Cola still sell their drink on German during WWII, they even have factories there. And on recent history, American company sell weapons to ISIS""

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They can prohibit this if you use US parts in your devices. It's not allowed to ship US parts/products to Iran. And there is no proof, so yes they are hypocrites.

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