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The US has told Canada to expect a former request to extradite Meng Wanzhou, the detained CFO of Huawei. That's according to Canadian media on Monday. US officials allege the Chinese company violated US sanctions against Iran. Canada's ambassador to the US, David MacNaughton, didn't tell Canada's Globe and Mail when the US would ask for Meng, but a deadline is looming on January 30th.
On Tuesday, Beijing shot back, saying Canada should release Meng immediately, and accusing the two countries of abusing their extradition treaty. Meng is the CFO of Huawei, and the daughter of the company's founder and CEO. She was detained in Vancouver late last year by US request. She was released on bail, but remains in Canada.
Huawei is the world's number two smartphone maker, and considered a champion of industry inside China. After Meng's arrest, China detained two Canadians, and a third who had already been jailed in China on drug's charges was issued a death sentence after a one day appeal hearing. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted the move.
>> I will say, it is of extreme concern to us, as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply death penalty.>> And in The Globe and Mail interview, MacNaughton said he's expressed the same anger from Canada to the Trump administration over the impact on Canadian citizens of the Huawei case.
Saying, quote, we don't like that it is our citizens who are being punished. Huawei had been under intense scrutiny by Western governments over alleged close connections to Beijing, and US-led worries its smart phones and other network technology could be used for Chinese espionage. Huawei has repeatedly said that it has no connections to Chinese spying, and that Beijing has no influence over the company.
Meng is due to appear in a Vancouver court early next month.