Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged Canada on Thursday
to immediately release Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou
and the United States to revoke the arrest warrant and extradition
request for her.
Meng attended a court hearing in Vancouver on Wednesday at which
her lawyers claimed her detention is unlawful and that she intends
to apply for a stay of the extradition proceedings.
Her lawyers claimed that the comments by US President Donald
Trump, who said the charges could be dropped if that would help
trade talks with China, showed the case was politically
"It is a severe political incident," the spokesman said, and he
urged Canada to take China's position seriously and allow her to
return to China.
Geng said the US and Canada are abusing their bilateral
extradition treaty and are taking compulsory measures on a Chinese
citizen without reason, abusing her legitimate rights and
Meng was arrested on Dec 1 at Vancouver airport at the request
of the US on fraud charges that are related to alleged violation of
US sanctions on Iran. She has been released on bail and faces
The criminal case against Meng is based on allegations that are
simply not true, the statement said, adding that there is no
evidence to prove that Meng committed acts of deceit, dishonesty,
or other fraudulent means.