China's relations with Western nations

Gladys Abbott
February 4, 2019

The U.S.is reported to be investigating Huawei's use of a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

". President [Donald] Trump meeting Liu [is] a good sign as it suggests the USA is also participating in the talks in good faith", the daily noted.

China has demanded her release and has warned of serious consequences for Canada if it fails to do so.

"The Canadian government remains deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of these two Canadians since December 2018 and continues to call for their immediate release", Global Affairs said in a statement to Global News.

Several countries and global alliances have rallied behind the detainees, calling for China to release them. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who runs tours to North Korea, are taken into custody on suspicion of engaging in activities that endanger national security.

December 21: Canada makes a formal demand for the release of Kovrig and Spavor.

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January 14: A Chinese court sentences Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death in a drug smuggling case, overturning his 15-year sentence from November. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian leader should "respect the rule of law, respect China's judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks".

Huawei has operated in Australia for a decade and a half.

January 22: China demands the USA withdraw its arrest warrant for Meng and not make an extradition request. Her arrest and potential extradition to the United States to face charges of fraud and conspiracy have angered Chinese officials.

The U.S., France, and other Western nations have voiced fear that using Huawei base stations and other gear could give Beijing access to critical network infrastructure worldwide, possibly allowing it to spy on foreign governments. The US has also accused the world's largest supplier of telecommunications equipment of stealing technology from T-Mobile US. A criminal conviction on these charges could lead to broader restrictions on trade in us export-controlled products with the company.

"The firm has been offered very little data regarding the charges and is not known of any illegal behavior by Ms. Meng", Huawei claimed to the media in an interview.

"The timing of my retirement from the Board is completely unrelated to any recent commentary regarding China and Huawei", Brumby said.

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