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CanadaTrudeau says he had advance notice of Huawei executive's arrest

06:05  07 december  2018
06:05  07 december  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa had a few days' prior notice of the arrest of an executive from the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei U. S . national security adviser John Bolton told U. S . media that he knew of the pending arrest in advance . The White House said on Thursday that

As a top Chinese telecommunications executive prepares for a bail hearing in Vancouver later today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is denying his government had any involvement in her arrest .

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa had a few days' prior notice of the arrest of an executive from the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei following U.S. allegations the company violated sanctions on Iran.

Authorities conducted the arrest without political interference, Trudeau said Thursday in his first comments on the arrest of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, which has further inflamed tensions between the U.S. and China.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday and is being sought for extradition by the U.S. A bail hearing has been set for Friday.

"The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference ... we were advised by them with a few days' notice that this was in the works," Trudeau told reporters in Montreal.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa had a few days' prior notice of the arrest of an executive from the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei following U. S . allegations the company violated sanctions on Iran. Authorities conducted the arrest without political interference, Trudeau said

Trudeau said Ottawa had been given a few days’ advance notice about the plan to arrest Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the Huawei has a small Canadian operation, employing just shy of 1,000 people. But the company said early this year it had become the 25th largest research and

Asked whether he had spoken to the Chinese premier or the ambassador, Trudeau said he has had no conversations with international counterparts about the case. He declined to give further details, citing Meng's bail hearing on Friday.

China has condemned the arrest. Neither the U.S. nor Canada has provided an explanation for Meng's arrest, a spokesperson for China's ministry of foreign affairs said Thursday.

Trudeau says he had advance notice of Huawei executive's arrest © Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media at a press conference Thursday in Montreal.

U.S. authorities have been probing Huawei, one of the world's largest makers of telecommunications network equipment, since at least 2016 over allegations that it shipped U.S.-derived tech products to Iran and other countries in violation of U.S. export and sanctions laws, sources told Reuters in April.

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Trudeau said Ottawa had been given a few days' advance notice about the plan to arrest Meng WATCH: Justin Trudeau was asked about the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on Thursday Asked whether he had spoken to the Chinese premier or the ambassador, Trudeau said he had had

Trudeau had no clue what was going down, he would have tried to stop the arrest . He admires the Chinese dictators. And has any of those countries you mentioned managed to produce an ounce of evidence to back up their accusations ? We suspect Trump with his russian connections and shouldn't

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told U.S. media that he knew of the pending arrest in advance. The White House said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump did not know about the extradition request before his dinner with Chinese President Xi Jingping in Argentina at the recent G20 summit.

Huawei released a statement saying its CFO was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver and is facing charges in "the Eastern District of New York."

Spying concerns

Huawei, one of the world's biggest suppliers of network gear used by phone and internet companies, has been the subject of deepening security concerns within the U.S. government and the governments of countries like Australia and New Zealand.

Under Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, Washington has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of Huawei's technology.

The U.S. sees Huawei and smaller Chinese tech suppliers as possible fronts for espionage, and as commercial competition.

Last month, New Zealand blocked a mobile phone company from using Huawei equipment, saying it posed a "significant network security risk." The company was banned in August from working on Australia's high-speed 5G network.

On Wednesday, British phone carrier BT said it was removing Huawei equipment from the core of its mobile phone networks. It said Huawei still is a supplier of other equipment and a "valued innovation partner."

Huawei has significant operations in Canada, employing more than 500 people and receiving tax credits for its research and development work, Bloomberg reports.

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