China Slams Treatment of Huawei Executive Held in Canada as 'Inhumane'

© REUTERS / David RyderA Canadian flag flies outside of the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, where Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is being held on an extradition warrant, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada December 8, 2018
A Canadian flag flies outside of the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, where Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is being held on an extradition warrant, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada December 8, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver earlier this month and reportedly charged with fraud for telling UK-based banking company HSBC that the Chinese tech giant fully complied with US sanctions against Iran while one of its subsidiaries was not in compliance with the restrictions.

China has lashed out at what it described as the "inhumane" treatment of Huawei  Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou who was earlier detained in Canada.

"We believe this is inhumane and violates her human rights", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press briefing on Monday.

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He referred to a report by China's state-run Global Times newspaper which claimed that "it seems that the Canadian detention facility is not offering her the necessary health care".

The reports came after Meng Wanzhou argued that she should be released on bail from her Canadian jail.

The 46-year-old claimed in a sworn affidavit that she has been treated in a Canadian hospital for hypertension since she was arrested on December 1 for possible extradition.

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Meng is accused of fraud for telling UK-based banking company HSBC that the Chinese tech giant was in full compliance with US sanctions against Iran while one of its subsidiaries was not in compliance with the restrictions.

Her arrest reignited trade tensions between the US and China, with US markets showing signs of falling last Thursday. The Dow Jones fell by more than 400 points, or 1.6 percent, fallout which is expected to have a negative impact on European and Asian markets.

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Meng's arrest came after Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires where they agreed to a 90-day truce after months of increasing tariffs by both sides.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, for his part, stressed that Beijing-Washington relations should not be affected by Meng's detention.

"This is a criminal justice matter. It is totally separate from anything I work on or anything that trade policy people in the administration work on", Lighthizer told the CBS programme Face the Nation.

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Trade relations between US and China took a plunge in June when Trump announced that he was slapping China with 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of imported Chinese goods, and Beijing responded in kind. In September, Washington announced 10 percent import duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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