China urges Canada to immediately release Huawei CFO

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EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: China urges Canada to correct its mistakes and immediately release Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer (CFO) of Chinese technology giant Huawei, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman at a press conference in Beijing Monday.

Meng was arrested by Canadian police on Dec 1, 2018, at Vancouver’s airport at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges. Both Meng and Huawei have repeatedly denied those charges.

Hua Chunying, the spokeswoman, said the extradition and arrest of Meng is a serious political incident.

“It has been a full year since Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen and vice chairwoman of Huawei, was arbitrarily detained by Canada on Dec. 1 last year at the request of the United States. China’s position on this case is consistent and clear. The U.S. and Canada have abused their bilateral extradition treaties, taken arbitrary enforcement measures against Chinese citizens and seriously violated the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens. This is a serious political incident,” said Hua.

She stressed that the Chinese government is determined to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and enterprises. We strongly urge the Canadian side to take China’s solemn position seriously, correct its mistakes, immediately release Meng Wanzhou and guarantee her safe return to China, she said.

“This morning, I read a letter written by Ms. Meng Wanzhou on the occasion of her arbitrary detention for a whole year. The letter is entitled ‘Your warmth is beaconing my way’, which touched me a lot. It is admirable that Ms. Meng, as an innocent Chinese citizen who is unjustly detained, as a mother of little children and a daughter of elderly parents, remains so strong-minded and graceful after experiencing so much pain, disappointment and helplessness, which is very admirable. We sincerely wish her a safe and early return home. We also hope that all of us can use more justice and warmth to light up Ms. Meng’s journey home,” said Hua.

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