Trump says would intervene in arrest of Chinese executive

Trump says would intervene in arrest of Chinese executive

Kerry Wise
December 12, 2018

"The Chinese side resolutely opposes this and strongly urges the United States to attach great importance to China's solemn stance and immediately take measures to correct wrong practices and withdraw arrest warrants against Chinese citizens", Le added.

Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver, China detained a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in apparent retaliation to Meng's arrest.

When asked if he would intervene with the Justice Department in her case, Trump said in an interview with Reuters: "Whatever's good for this country, I would do". In addition, she is accused of misrepresenting or concealing ties between Huawei and Hong Kong's Skycom, which had a presence in Iran and attempted to sell products to Tehran in violation of U.S. and European sanctions.

And this has been a big problem that we've had in so many different ways with so many companies from China and from other places.

Trump apparently took notice of this advice on Tuesday, suggesting he may personally intervene to save Meng from prosecution if it helps accomplish an agreement with China.

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"We are doing everything possible to secure additional information on Michael's whereabouts as well as his prompt and safe release", ICG said in a statement.

"Judges deal with the facts before them and I can't see that a judge would be entertaining evidence about what's happened this morning", she says.

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The list of strict conditions of her release pending the outcome of the extradition case is lengthy, and includes the surrender of her passports and electronic monitoring.

"Canadian citizen Michael John Kovrig was on December 10 investigated in accordance with the law by the Beijing State Security Bureau on suspicion of engaging in activities that harm China's state security", the newspaper said in a brief report.

"I'm in Vancouver, back by my family's side", Meng said on the Chinese social media service WeChat, attaching a well-known Huawei ad that depicts the hidden travails of a ballerina.

She was arrested on 1 December and could be extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges linked to the alleged violation of sanctions on Iran.

Meng was escorted to a black Cadillac Escalade SUV by Scot Filer, the CEO of Lions Gate Risk Management, which is handling her security while she's out on bail, as she left the B.C. Supreme Court building in Downtown Vancouver.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver during a flight transfer while traveling from Hong Kong to Mexico.

Senior White House administration officials on Sunday insisted that Canada's arrest of the Huawei CFO on a United States extradition request was exclusively a law enforcement matter that would not derail talks with China. Her next court date is February 6. US authorities are working to extradite Wanzhou to NY.

Huawei is a strategically key company for China's global high-tech ambitions but some of its services have been blocked in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Britain over security concerns.