(ATF) A Canadian court has green lighted efforts to bring Huawei’s chief financial officer before US judges and face charges of stealing trade secrets.
The British Columbia court said the case meets the Canadian extradition standard of so-called "double criminality."
Meng Wanzhou is being held under house arrest in Canada after multiple US charges were brought against Huawei, including that it conspired steal trade secrets from American firms as part of a strategy to grow the tech giant into the world’s largest telecom equipment maker. It also faces charges of federal racketeering.
Beijing condemned the decision and Shenzhen-based Huawei, which has been sanctioned by Washington for posing a threat to national security, has called the charges “unfounded and unfair”.
The case has deepened tensions with the US amid a prolonged trade war and repeated accusations from President Donald Trump that China was responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday urged Canada to immediately “correct its mistake”, release Meng and ensure her safe return to China.
The US and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily took compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen without cause, Zhao said.
"This is a serious political incident that grossly violates the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizen."
Huawei said in a statement Thursday that the company is disappointed in the ruling by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
“We have repeatedly expressed confidence in Ms. Meng’s innocence. Huawei continues to stand with Ms. Meng in her pursuit for justice and freedom,” said the statement.
“We expect that Canada’s judicial system will ultimately prove Ms. Meng’s innocence. Ms. Meng’s lawyers will continue to work tirelessly to see justice is served.”