Chinese tech giant Huawei reiterated its confidence in the innocence of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, whose extradition process to the United States may continue after so decided by Canadian Justice, while Chinese authorities filed new complaints with Ottawa.
“We have repeatedly expressed our confidence in Meng’s innocence. Huawei continues to support Meng in his quest for justice and freedom,” said a statement released by the group, whose founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei is the daughter of Meng.
Huawei’s reaction adds: “We hope that Canada’s judicial system will eventually prove Meng’s innocence. His lawyers will continue to work tirelessly to see that justice is done. ”
For its part, the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa also released a statement after the decision expressing “strong discontent and strong opposition” from Beijing to the ruling, and announcing that it has filed “firm formal complaints” with the Canadian Government .
China believes that the United States and Canada are “abusing their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily cracking down on Meng Wanzhou, seriously infringing on their legitimate rights and interests.”
For Beijing, the process against Meng is but part of the United States’ plan to “take down Huawei and other Chinese high-tech companies,” and accuses Canada of being an “accomplice” to Washington.
Although Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists before Beijing that the country’s Justice is independent and that the Government, therefore, cannot intervene in court decisions, the Chinese Embassy assured that the decision to go ahead With Meng’s extradition process, it is “a serious political incident.”
“We call once again on Canada to take China’s solemn stance and concerns seriously, to immediately release Meng Wanzhou and allow it to return safely to China, and to not continue on the wrong path.” sentence the statement of the Chinese legation.