The Latest: China summons US envoy over exec‘s detention

By – Associated Press – Saturday, December 8, 2018

BEIJING (AP) – The Latest on the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant in Canada (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

has summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest the detention of an executive of electronics giant in Canada at Washington’s behest.

The official Xinhua News Agency says Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng “lodged solemn representations and strong protests” with Ambassador Terry Branstad on Sunday against the detention of ’s chief financial officer, , while she was changing planes in Vancouver, Canada, last week. is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.

Xinhua quoted Le as calling ’s detention “extremely egregious” and demanded the U.S. vacate an order for her arrest. It quoted Le as calling for the U.S. to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and said it would take further steps based on Washington’s response.  

The move follows the summoning of Canadian Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over ’s detention and a similar protest. 

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11:30 a.m.

A former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Chinese pressure on the Canadian government to release a top executive of won’t work.

In a tweet, Roland Paris says, “Perhaps because the Chinese state controls its judicial system, Beijing sometimes has difficulty understanding or believing that courts can be independent in a rule-of-law country. There’s no point in pressuring the Canadian government. Judges will decide.”

Paris was responding to reports from Beijing that ’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned Canadian Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the holding of Chief Financial Officer , who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.

Le called ’s detention “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warned of “grave consequences” if she is not released.

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9:40 a.m.

has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant , calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released.

A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign Ministry’s website says Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had called in Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the holding of Chief Financial Officer , who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.

is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology.

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