In an interview with National Public Radio on Thursday, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that he knew "in advance" that Meng Wanzhou, the global chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, would be detained in Canada upon request of the United States.
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, the 46-year-old daughter of the company's founder, was detained in Canada on December 1, the same day Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping dined together at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
Relations between the feuding countries appeared to have thawed after US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed not to impose any new tariffs on goods for 90 days following a meeting at last weekend's G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
Trump did not know about the arrest in advance, two USA officials said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to stop the incident from impeding talks to resolve the trade dispute.
Geng said repeatedly that China has demanded Canada and the USA explain the reasons for Meng's detention.
The bail hearing could be just a preliminary session to set out a schedule, lawyers said.
The company has said it is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng. The onus will be on Meng's lawyer to provide evidence that she will not flee, they added.More news: 'Mission complete' for George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully
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For a period of time she was in charge of Huawei's internationalization efforts, which have been extremely successful, said Jiang. The head of the UK's MI6 said this week that Huawei could pose a threat to British security and New Zealand has blocked its top telecom firm from using Huawei equipment for its 5G mobile network, citing "significant national security risks". She would also have to give up her passport, he said. "That was a well-known story and she eventually proved herself and moved herself up in the ranks", he said.
If Meng fights extradition, her case could go on for years, lawyers said, pointing to examples like Lai Changxing, a Chinese businessman who fled to Canada after he was implicated in a bribery case and fought extradition to China for 12 years.
"You need massive material and evidence to support detention release", said Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer.
The Vancouver houses, one on Matthews Ave.in Shaughnessy, the other on West 28th Avenue in Dunbar, are registered to Xiaozong Liu - according to B.C. Land Title registry records - the same name as Meng's husband, who is identified in Chinese media.
The arrest of the Huawei CFO fueled trade concerns with a Chinese state-run newspaper claiming its "declaration of war".
Meng, who also serves as deputy chair on the company's board and is the daughter of Huawei founder, was detained on 1 December in Vancouver over suspicions she violated United States sanctions against Iran, media reported.
Huawei has said it complies with all applicable export control and sanctions laws and other regulations.