China asked Washington and Ottawa for an explanation after the arrest, at the request of the United States, of one of its nationals, the financial director of telecommunications giant Huawei.
“We demand from both sides that clarification be provided to us as soon as possible on the reason for this detention”, said spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang. The Chinese official once again called for Meng Wanzhou’s “immediate” release.
On 1 December, the Chinese telecom giant’s financial director was arrested by the Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the request of the United States.
US justice is investigating a possible violation of sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran. Washington suspects Huawei of supplying US products to that state and other countries in violation of the sanctions.