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China Outraged At Arrest Of Huawei CFO, Warns It Will “Take All Measures”

Via Zerohedge


So much for a trade war truce between China and the US, or a stock market Christmas rally for that matter.

Shortly after the news hit that Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng — also deputy chairwoman and the daughter of Huawei’s founder — was arrested on December 1, or right around the time Trump and Xi were having dinner in Buenos Aires last Saturday, and faces extradition to the U.S. as a result of a DOJ investigation into whether the Chinese telecom giant sold gear to Iran despite sanctions on exports to the region, China immediately lodged a formal protest publishing a statement at its embassy in Canada, and demanding the U.S. and its neighbor “rectify wrongdoings” and free Meng, warning it would “closely follow the development of the issue” and will “take all measures” to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.

Full statement below:

Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on the issue of a Chinese citizen arrested by the Canadian side

At the request of the US side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law. The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim. The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou.

We will closely follow the development of the issue and take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.

Meng’s arrest will immediately heighten tensions between Washington and Beijing just days after the world’s two largest economies agreed on a truce in their growing trade conflict. It will, or at least should, also prompt any US execs currently in China to think long and hard if that’s where they want to be, say, tomorrow when Xi decides to retaliate in kind.

Meng’s father Ren Zhengfei, a former army engineer who’s regularly named among China’s top business executives, has won acclaim at home for turning an electronics reseller into the world’s second-largest smartphone maker and a major producer of networking gear.

As Bloomberg notes, the CFO’s arrest will be regarded back home as an attack on China’s foremost corporate champions. While Alibaba and Tencent dominate headlines thanks to flashy growth and high-profile billionaire founders, Ren’s company is by far China’s most global technology company, with operations spanning Africa, Europe and Asia.

“Tencent and Alibaba may be domestic champions and huge platforms in of their own rights, but Huawei has become a global powerhouse,” said Neil Campling, an analyst at Mirabaud Securities Ltd. It is “5G standards that are at the heart of the wider IP debate and why the U.S. and her allies are now doing everything they can to cut to the heart of the Chinese technology IP revolution.”

At the same time, Huawei’s technological ambitions have also gotten the company in hot water with the US: its massive push into future mobile communications has raised hackles in the U.S. and become a focal point for American attempts to contain China’s ascendance.

Going back to the arrest, the U.S. Justice Department declined to comment about the circumstances involving the CFO, although the biggest question on everyone’s mind right now is whether Trump was aware of the pending arrest at the time of his dinner with the Chinese president, and why exactly he had greenlighted the move which would certainly result in another diplomatic scandal, promptly crushing and goodwill that was generated at the G-20 dinner.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Huawei said the arrest was made on behalf of the U.S. so Meng could be extradited to “face unspecified charges” in the Eastern District of New York.

“The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,” Huawei said. “The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, U.S. and EU.”

Tensions between the Chinese telecom giant and U.S. authorities escalated in 2016, when the US voiced concerns for the first time that Huawei and others could install back doors in their equipment that would let them monitor users in the U.S. Huawei has denied those allegations. The Pentagon stopped offering Huawei’s devices on U.S. military bases citing security concerns. Best Buy Co., one of the largest electronics retailers in the U.S., also recently stopped selling Huawei products.

In August, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill banning the government’s use of Huawei technology based on the security concerns. The same month, Australia banned the use of Huawei’s equipment for new faster 5G wireless networks in the country and New Zealand last week did the same, citing national security concerns. Similar moves are under consideration in the U.K. The U.S., which believes Huawei’s equipment can be used for spying, is contacting key allies including Germany, Italy and Japan, to get them to persuade companies in their countries to avoid using equipment from Huawei, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.

In 2016, the Commerce Department sought information regarding whether Huawei was possibly sending U.S. technology to Syria and North Korea as well as Iran.

The U.S. previously banned ZTE Corp., a Huawei competitor, for violating a sanctions settlement over transactions with Iran and North Korea.

The cynics out there may claim that the US response is merely in place to delay the development of the company which in the third quarter overtook Apple as the No. 2 global smartphone maker, shipping more than 52.2 million units according to Gartner Inc.

“This is what you call playing hard ball,” said Michael Every, head of Asia financial markets research at Rabobank in Hong Kong. “China is already asking for her release, as can be expected, but if the charges are serious, don’t expect the US to blink.”

The biggest question is what will China do next. One look at futures, which flash crashed earlier when the news of the CFO’s arrest first hit, suggests that whatever it is, Beijing will probably not be happy.

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“Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng — also deputy chairwoman and the daughter of Huawei’s founder — was arrested on December 1, or right around the time Trump and Xi were having dinner in Buenos Aires last Saturday…”

Just as the clandestine, unannounced US attack on Syria was launched at the very moment when Mr Xi was enjoying Donald Trump’s “beautiful chocolate cake”.

If this goes on Mr Xi will have to start avoiding Mr Trump’s social functions.

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

Ms Meng seems to be in a similar position to Julian Assange. Is it time for the civilized nations of the world to unite and tell the USA that it is NOT the boss of them, and that its laws are applicable only within its territory?

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

I am ashamed of my Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his Liberal government for following Trump and punishing Iran. The USA is the world”s leading terrorist country along with IsraHell. Iran is not the problem. Canadian Court should exonerate Ms. Meng! And, Trudeau should instead devote his time to working at an attempt to stop IsraHell from murdering poor and deprived Palestinians! Trump has shown that he lied to get elected. Instead of representing the poor people who got him elected, he immediately became the fixer for Deep State! ( and of course, he wanted to LIVE, survive 2 terms… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

You should be ashamed of yourself pauvre imbecile!!! China is spying on us via Huawei and you think its ok??? Educate yourself, China has even been planting miniature chips on motherboard to spy on us: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=premium

Gyre
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Gyre

Apparently, you’re one of those people who believes everything you read. Enjoy being manipulated? Because that’s how good serfs roll.

Gyre
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Gyre

Justin is a poodle, just like Tony Blair was for Bush43. Another empty suit posing for the cameras with good hair.

Sally Snyder
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Sally Snyder

Here is an interesting video showing how China is preparing its population for war:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/11/peace-behind-me-war-in-front-of-me.html

China’s leadership is realizing that a war with the United States is inevitable.

gra gor
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gra gor

Pulling the tail of the tiger.

I wonder why we have never arrested Kissinger when he was on Canadian soil?

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

We never arrested Kissinger when he was on Canadian soil because Canada is another USA Pupp-rt State! Vive Pinocchio Trudeau! That is Trump’s use of Trudeau!

fred
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fred

China needs to arrest Canadians to “face unspecified charges”
when the US voiced concerns for the first time that Huawei and others could install back doors in their equipment that would let them monitor users in the U.S.
like the US did with equipment made in taiwan that would let them monitor users all over the world
and halt ALL exports to the US including products made for US companies like Apple

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

I don’t think Trump is in charge of much of anything but his twittering. I think the deep state is running the show.

Flying Gabriel
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Flying Gabriel

Sorry but you’re both lost.The deep state, as you call it, are running the show in China. With HRC’s open server and DF both feeding Chinese based connections for years, it’s all but common knowledge. Now you know.
You’re bound by the world view of national boundaries defining lines of conflict – “they” are not similarly bound.

Isabella
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Isabella

The Russian student Marina, the Chinese company exec – both women. Plenty of men the Yanks could have gone for – is there some reason they keep picking women to use as pawns in their war??
Each step we see the Anglo Fascist Empire sink lower and lower.

Amanda Momtazi
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Amanda Momtazi

Was listening to RT this-morning when they had Mike Pompeo on there saying that America must become the government of the New World Order. I think they have gone mad. The rest of the world should get together…form their own currency, ditch the dollar, stop all trade with USA, and deny USA citizens any rights to enter another country. Just cut them off completely.

MIke
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MIke

Listening to RT, you just lost all credibility by mentioning the Russian government press agency. Try to at least educate yourself with the truth, not Putin’s version of truth!

Ger
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Those guilty of genocide (ongoing) and crimes against humanity (ongoing) roam the world at will. Decent people desiring to make a better world travel at peril. Today, here in US, one of the war criminals will be laid in the ground with full honors and accolades from his co-warmongers. There will be no justice for his victims. This is only possible with toe sucking allies like Trudeau.

Brigitte Meier
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Brigitte Meier

This is unfair competition at its worst: the US invents a smear of backdoors against Huawei to convince all western governments to stop and prohibit further use of Huawei cell phones – all because Apple’s phones didn’t sell as well as hoped? Maybe Apple should look at the price of its phones! Or to deter attention from the NSA having installed backdoors in most US made phones including Apple in China? When that move of discrediting Huawei phones didn’t work, they now arrest the CFO of a subsidiary in Canada for having acted in breach of intrinsically illegal US sanctions… Read more »

MIke
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MIke
Flying Gabriel
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Flying Gabriel

The Chinese “side” and the Canadian “side and the US “side.”
How about the Nationalist “side” and the Globalist “side”
Which side is Trump? Which side is Xi?

Samal
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Samal

Oh wow. That really just takes the cake. The US government is now taking hostages like the terrorists they’re supporting.

Tony Manolis
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Tony Manolis

Under Trudeau (the father) AMERICAN draft dodgers who broke US law, by refusing to fight in the Vietnam war were not extradited to the USA but given refuge in Canada. Now, a FOREIGN national (Chinese) who has not broken any Canadian law (and indeed sanctions have agreed not be be applied by the EU, Russia and Canada against Iran) is now being extradited to the USA at the bidding of the US Government

Gyre
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Gyre

One of the dumbest moves Trump has ever made.

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