The Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Wednesday called on Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, who has been arrested in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities.
"At the request of the U.S. side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law. The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim," said a spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in a statement.
"The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the U.S. and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou. We will ly follow the development of the issue and take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens," added the spokesperson.
Huawei on Thursday denied any wrongdoing by its corporate CFO Meng Wanzhou after she was provisionally detained by the Canadian Authorities.
Huawei said the company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng.
Huawei said in a statement that the company complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, United States and EU.
"The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion," said the statement.
Meng was provisionally detained by the Canadian Authorities on behalf of the United States of America, when she was transferring flights in Canada, according to the statement.