Canada has blamed the United States for the diplomatic fallout from the arrest of the Chinese telcom giant Huawei's financial director, saying it is "paying the price" for Beijing's anger.
Since Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's CFO and daughter of the founder on December 1, two Canadians have been detained in China and one-third were prison sentences upgraded to the death penalty.
Meng is supposed to violate US sanctions against Iran and by misleading banks and investors about another company selling to Iran.
She stays on bail in her multi-million dollar Vancouver home. She was forced to give up her passport and now carries a GPS screen, but is otherwise free to leave the house outside at noon. 1
Shortly after Mengen's arrest, China detained two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – in Chinese prison cells where the lights are around the clock.
Earlier this month, Beijing also sentenced 36-year-old Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death. Schellenberg had been sentenced to prison following a conviction for international drug trafficking, but had it upgraded to the death penalty.
Experts have directly linked the three cases to the Huawei case, where the Canadian authorities call detention and death penalty "arbitrary".
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In a rare public prosecution, Canada's ambassador to the United States told David MacNaughton The Globe and Mail on Monday: "We do not like it It is our citizens who become the punishment.
"[The Americans] are those who seek to have the full force of US law brought against [Meng] and yet we are the ones who pay the price," he added. Our citizens are. "
MacNaughton has already "expressed Canadian anger and anger" to the White House over China's backlash, The Globe and Mail said.
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Washington takes the fight in its own hands
The United States is now planning to formalize Menger's extradition from Canada to the United States, MacNaughton told The Globe and Mail without specifying when the Americans would start the process.
A spokesman for the US Department of Justice told Reuters about the reported extradition plan: "We will comment through our filing." Business Insider was unable to contact the department because of the US government's shutdown.
Federal prosecutors in the United States also launched a criminal investigation of Huawei over the allegations that the company stole business secrets from US companies The Wall Street Journal reported last week.
Canada's Ministry of Justice should decide whether to extradite Meng and she can appeal any decision taken.
China returns while Huawei asks for a ceasefire
China's Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called for Meng's release and described the arrest as a "mistake" . "Tuesday, it threatened to retaliate against the planned extradition from the US.
Foreign Minister Spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Tuesday:" China will act in response to US action. "
" Everyone must be held accountable for their own actions , "she added." Both the United States and Canada should pay attention to the seriousness of the case and take steps to rectify the error. "
Huawei himself has taken a softer attitude, with the founder Ren Zhengfei breaking years of silence in the past week to call his daughter's release, he also called US President Donald Trump a "big president" to alleviate his company's tensions with the US.
Trump told earlier to use Meng's arrest as a negotiating chip in the US trade war with China and said in December: "I would definitely intervene if I thought it was necessary."
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A Huawei spokeswoman declined to comment when Business Insider asked how the company would respond to the extradition request and whether it worked with the Chinese government to formulate an answer.
Spokesman told Business Insider in a statement: "Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries and regions where we operate, including export controls and sanctions legislation of the United Nations, the United States and the EU."
"We are confident that the Canadian and American legal systems will reach a fair conclusion," she added.