Chinese authorities have issued a “solemn protest” to the governments of the US and Canada against the “evil” detention of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of telecoms giant Huawei, the Financial Times reports.
The foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador in Beijing, Terry Branstad, to demand the arrest warrant for Meng be withdrawn immediately.
“We urge the US to pay attention to China’s justified and solemn position, to immediately correct its mistaken actions and cancel the arrest warrant against this Chinese citizen,” said vice-foreign minister Le Yucheng.
China also warned Canada that it could face “serious consequences” and “will bear the full responsibility” of its actions if Meng was not released, calling the arrest “unreasonable, merciless and very evil.”
The US has implicated Meng and Huawei in fraudulent banking activity as a means of subverting Washington’s sanctions on trade with Iran. Meng has denied all charges.