China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing to protest Canada's detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei at Washington's behest, demanding the U.S. cancel the order for her arrest.
China has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it 'unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature' and warning of 'grave consequences' if she is not released.
Canada being caught in the middle of China and the United States by arresting a prominent Chinese telecommunications executive in Vancouver is nothing short of a "big deal" for trade and economic reasons, according to former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley.
As details of American allegations against a Chinese executive were revealed Friday in a Vancouver court, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada's ambassador in Beijing had briefed the Chinese foreign ministry on her arrest.
Fears of retaliation against China-based staff of Canadian companies in the wake of a Chinese tech exec's arrest in Canada are overblown at the moment, but experts say that could change if the situation escalates.