China's foreign minister vowed Tuesday to protect its citizens overseas as a Canadian court decided whether to release a technology executive on bail in a case that has riled U.S.
Meng faces United States accusations of misleading multinational banks about Huawei's control of a company operating in Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions and incurring severe penalties, court documents said.
Meng Wanzhou, CFO at Huawe was arrested on a U.S. warrant in Vancouver on December 1.
Global markets are jittery about a collision between the world's two largest economic powers over China's huge trade surplus with the United States and Washington's claims that Beijing is stealing intellectual property and technology.
Senior Chinese and United States negotiators have held telephone talks to discuss the road map for the next stage of their trade discussions, according to China's government.
Meng, if convicted in the United States, faces up to 30 years' imprisonment, with Canadian prosecutors alleging that she committed fraud in 2013 by telling financial institutions that China's Huawei was not tied to a Hong Kong-based company, Skycom, which was allegedly selling US goods to Iran in violation of USA sanctions against Tehran.
Meng said she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing because of severe hypertension and fears for her health.
"I continue to feel unwell and I am anxious about my health deteriorating while I am incarcerated", the affidavit read. She would also wear a Global Positioning System bracelet at all times, her lawyers said.
"I wish to remain in Vancouver to contest my extradition and I will contest the allegations at trial in the U.S. if I am ultimately surrendered", she said. While officials from both the USA and China have officially said the two matters are not related, the editor of China's state-run Global Times has said her arrest was a "declaration of war" and an act of terrorism.
China today protested Canada's "inhumane" treatment of an executive of telecom giant Huawei who is being held on a U.S. extradition bid, citing reports she was not getting sufficient medical care.
"We believe this is inhumane and violates her human rights", foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing, citing such reports.
On Friday, the Crown argued Meng should be denied bail, claiming she is a flight risk.
Washington accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions.
She was arrested in Canada last week for allegedly breaking U.S. sanctions on Iran and faces extradition to the US.
Her second son is said to be studying at a school in MA but Ms Meng has not been back to the USA since March 2017. She and her husband Liu Xiaozong own two homes in the city, and she even had a Canadian permanent residency permit that she has since renounced.
David Martin, Meng's lawyer, said Meng was willing to put up assets and cash worth a total of 15 million Canadian dollars ($11.2 million) as bond and wear an ankle monitor.
This month in Argentina, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a truce that delayed the planned January 1 U.S. increase of tariffs to 25 per cent from 10 per cent on $200 billion United States worth of Chinese goods.
The arrest prompted concern trade talks might be derailed, but Beijing indicated Tuesday they were going ahead.