Canadian detained in China as Huawei CFO returns to court

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Wanzhou, who was released on bail Tuesday, has been accused of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions.

Donald Trump has said he would consider intervening in the case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou if it would be in the interest of United States national security and help forge a trade deal with China.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government distanced itself from the detention of Meng, saying Canada's justice system is independent and there wasn't any political involvement in the case.

"As we have stressed all along, Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, including export control and sanction laws of the UN, US, and EU".

Ms. Freeland said the Canadian, who she did not name, had contacted government officials after being questioned by Chinese authorities.

Wen Yang believes that the US' actions against Chinese tech giants, such as the arrest of Huawei's CFO, as well as bans on selling components to certain companies, were in fact attacks on China's innovative enterprises.

Justice William Ehrcke at a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday granted bail to Ms Meng, subject to a guarantee of C$10 million (S$10.3 million) and other conditions.

Meng was released on $7.4 million bail on Tuesday, after being detained in Vancouver since December 1.

A Canadian citizen has been detained in China, Canada said on Tuesday.

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Mr Kovrig has been working since February 2017 as North East Asia senior advisor for the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank that focuses on conflict reduction research.

China had threatened severe consequences unless Canada released the Huawei executive.

"If the USA government wants to make a positive effort to promote the settlement of the issue, we welcome them", he told reporters in Beijing.

She was arrested on 1 December and could be extradited to the USA to face fraud charges linked to the alleged violation of sanctions on Iran.

Trump said while "my people" have spoken with China about the case, he has yet to discuss it with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Revelations Tuesday that a former Canadian diplomat had been detained during a visit to Beijing added to concerns that the dispute could escalate into a broader tit-for-tat between China and the US and its allies. Her next court date will be Feb 6.

"This is obviously an issue that we are taking very seriously and it is ongoing", Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Mr Kovrig previously worked as a diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the United Nations in NY.

Because Kovrig's organisation is not registered as a nongovernmental organisation in China, 'once its staff become engaged in activities in China, it has already violated the law, ' Lu said.

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