The Latest: China urges US to withdraw extradition request
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on U.S. allegations against Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies (all times local):
China’s foreign ministry has called on Washington to withdraw its request for Canada to extradite a Huawei executive to face charges of lying to banks about possible dealings with Iran.
A ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, complained that Washington “has shown disregard for the stern representations” from Beijing over the case of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer.
Meng was arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver and faces an extradition hearing Wednesday.
Geng said, “We urge the U.S. to immediately withdraw the arrest warrant against Miss Meng Wanzhou and stop making such kinds of extradition requests.”
China has urged Washington to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on Huawei and other companies following the U.S. indictment of the Chinese tech giant.
A foreign ministry statement read Tuesday on state TV news complained U.S. authorities “mobilized state power to blacken” some Chinese companies “in an attempt to strangle fair and just operations.” It said there was a “strong political motivation and political manipulation.”
The statement says, “We strongly urge the United States stop the unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies including Huawei and treat Chinese companies fairly and justly.”
It says Beijing will “firmly defend” Chinese companies but did not indicate how it might respond to the U.S. indictment of Huawei.
Chinese tech giant Huawei denies committing any of the violations cited in a U.S. indictment that accuses the company of stealing technology, violating trade sanctions and lying to banks.
Huawei Technologies Ltd. said in a statement Tuesday asked to discuss the investigation with U.S. prosecutors following the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada in December but that request was rejected.
The company noted the allegations in the trade secrets charge already were the subject of a U.S. civil lawsuit that was settled.
“The company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments,” the company statement said. It said Huawei is “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.”