Washington: Close on the heels of the 90 day trade truce between China and US there comes a development that threatens to further sour the relations between these two estranged economies. A top Chinese official in Chinese telecom giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada for possible extradition to the US.
Meng Wanzhou, daughter of Huawei founder and its CFO was detained in Vancouver on Saturday by Canadian authorities while she was in transit. Meng's detention follows the allegation by the US that Huawei has been transacting with Iran despite US sanctions on the country. Also read- US military planes collide mid-air and crash into the Pacific As a matter of fact US lawmakers have been targetting Huawei for some time now. They say that China might be spying in the US through Huawei products and services, posing thereby a threat to US security.
China strongly denies such allegations. "China has expressed our solemn position to Canada and the US regarding the case. China demands them to immediately clarify the reason for the arrest, release the detainee, and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the detainee,", said Geng Shuang, spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. Also read- Global carbon emissions increased in the past year It will be interesting to watch how President Trump balances his country's security interests and the temporary thaw with China.