China says it has no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

China says it has no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

46-year-old Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, remains in custody in Vancouver over USA allegations she misled multi-nation banks about Huawei's control of a company operating in Iran.

A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies has returned to a Canadian court to fight for her freedom.

Meng's arrest also caused fallout on world stock markets but the USA and China have tried to keep the case separate from their wider trade dispute and suggested Tuesday that talks to resolve their differences may resume.

Trump's remarks appeared to undercut other officials in his administration who contended that Meng's arrest - which came the same day he and Xi announced plans to break the trade impasse - was unconnected to the broader negotiations.

Just hours before the Vancouver hearing, news broke that Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat and an analyst for International Crisis Group, was detained in China.

This only adds to the tension between the United States and China, not long after other countries began banning Huawei telecom equipment from carrier use from security concerns, further angering Chinese and Huawei officials. He speaks regularly to the media about his research, including to The Washington Post.

On Tuesday evening Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, acknowledged the "geopolitical complexity radiating from all of this" and said she had assured her Chinese counterparts that all aspects of Meng's case were "in accordance with the law".

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

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The Canadian government said it saw no explicit link to the Huawei case.

"During Ms. Meng Wanzhou's detention, certain measures, including inhumane measures used against her, the provision of medical treatment necessary for her and measures for her basic well-being, were not in place at all", stated Kang.

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening US security concerns over its ties to the Chinese government. "Because China can not kick the US they turn to the next target". The story caused concern among banks that did global business with Huawei, he said. "She presents no threat to public safety, and due to her health issues incarceration would be extremely punitive". 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 USA and European sanctions. If a Canadian judge rules the case against Meng is strong enough, Canada's justice minister must next decide whether to extradite her.

"My father founded Huawei and I would never do anything that would cause the company reputational damage", she wrote in a sworn affidavit.

The US is seeking her extradition.

The Canadian provincial court judge on Monday rolled the proceedings over to Tuesday because he wanted to hear more about who would take responsibility for Meng's actions if she were released.

Meng's lawyer, David Martin, found a number of friends and associates to vouch for his client's character and to offer financial guarantees that she will not flee.

At the hearing, The defence is offering $15 million for her bail, $1 million of which would be in cash.

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