Huawei's chief financial officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou was granted bail by a Canadian court on December 11th after being arrested at the request of the United States in a case that has further shaken relations between China and both Canada and the US, according to AP.
The US alleged that the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei directed sales of US-originated components to Iran in violation of US sanctions. Authorities have highlighted the role of Meng, Huawei's CFO and daughter of the company's founder, accusing her at a bail hearing on December 7 of managing the evasion through a company called Skycom.
In response to the arrest, China vowed to "spare no effort" to protect against "any bullying that infringes the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens."
Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver, China detained a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, in Beijing in apparent retaliation for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.
"We're deeply concerned," Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said. "A Canadian is obviously in difficulty in China. ... we are sparing no effort to do everything we possibly can to look after his safety."
"In China there is no coincidence," Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said of Kovrig's detention. "Unfortunately Canada is caught in the middle of this dispute between the US and China. Because China cannot kick the US they turn to the next target."