Meng, who also goes by the name Sabrina, was arrested by Canadian police while changing planes at Vancouver International Airport Dec. 1 on a warrant issued under the Extradition Act at the request of us authorities.
A new settlement was reached and the ban lifted at the behest of U.S. President Donald Trump, a perceived concession to Chinese President Xi Jinping that surprised and angered others in the U.S. government. The Justice Department is seeking Meng's extradition, according to a White House official.
Sources told Reuters in April that us authorities have been investigating Huawei, the world's largest telecoms equipment maker, since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping USA -origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of us export and sanctions laws.
Confirming that China has lodged stern representations the United States and Canada, Geng demanded that Canada "immediately clarify the reasons for this detention, immediately release the detainee, and effectively protect the legitimate rights of the detainee". Her arrest follows reports this year that the Justice Department was investigating whether Huawei had violated American sanctions on Iran.
Aside from demanding Meng's release - with the Chinese embassy saying Thursday it "firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim" - China appears to be in a holding pattern, with experts suggesting that it is unlikely the country will retaliate immediately.
"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng", it said. "The company believes the Canadian and United States legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion", Huawei said. Huawei has said it complies with all laws and rules where it operates, including export controls and sanctions of the United Nations, the US and European Union.
Huawei, China's largest maker of smartphones and telecommunications equipment, has been swept up in concerns that products made by Chinese technology companies are avenues for surveillance by the country's intelligence agencies.
The Trump administration said that not only do Huawei and other Chinese firms have an unfair advantage on the world market because of government subsidies, but they are also possible national security threats from suspected spying.
In 2012, the House of Representatives released a report warning Huawei poses a national security threat to the USA, and American companies and its government should avoid doing business with the company.
On Thursday, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said Meng's arrest was not political.
Meng is a prominent member of China's business world as deputy chairman of Huawei's board and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese military engineer. Huawei was a pioneering supplier of telecom gear at a time when China was spending heavily to upgrade its networks, importing much of its equipment.
Trump eventually relented on the ZTE issue amid negotiations with China on trade and cooperation with North Korea sanctions, leading to speculation that Meng's arrest might become a bargaining chip in the current round of trade talks.
This November, New Zealand's government banned its major telecommunications company Spark from using Huawei's equipment, which is described to "have a serious national security risk".
An editorial in the pro-government Global Times accused the USA of "maliciously finding fault" with Huawei.
David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, says that while he doesn't want to overstate the possibility of a Canadian being jailed, China will be looking for ways to strike back.
The electronics giant is doing well with smartphone sales outside of the US, but they, of course, could be even bigger if they were able to tap into this market.
One of those people is Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), who said the U.S. "can't sit on the sidelines" while China undermines national security with its actions.
An anonymous Canadian law-enforcement source told The Globe and Mail that the United States is alleging Meng tried to evade USA sanctions against Iran.
Faced with this explosive report, Huawei first denied the story, calling the report "unfounded".
"If the Chinese need further convincing, this case would show them beyond doubt Trump's commitment", said Lam. Trump restored access after ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine, replace its executive team and embed a US -chosen compliance team in the company.
Donald Trump last month reinstated all the U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been removed under a 2015 nuclear deal.
Earlier this year, the United States banned American firms from selling parts and software to ZTE, which then paid US$1 billion this summer as part of a deal to get the ban lifted. He said neither Canada or the US had so far responded to China's concerns.