Canada FM decries China halting canola shipments

Canada FM decries China halting canola shipments

Canada FM decries China halting canola shipments

"After exhausting all other means to alleviate doubts of USA lawmakers we are left with no choice but to challenge the law in court", Guo Ping, one of the three global chairmen of Huawei, said during a live-streamed press conference that was hosted at the company's global headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei on Thursday confirmed it is suing the USA government over a section of a defense bill passed into law a year ago that restricted its business in the United States.

"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products".

Relations between Ottawa and Beijing have been thrown into crisis by the December arrest of Meng Wanzhou - the chief financial officer of telecoms giant Huawei - at the request of Washington.

Huawei is suing Uncle Sam to overturn a ban on its communications hardware from United States federal government computer networks.

Several U.S. lawmakers, blasting Huawei's close ties to the Beijing government, told VOA's Mandarin service that Huawei "should never be in America doing business" and they will "do whatever we can to block that".

He cited "harmful organisms" that he did not identify further, and said China's government "needs to protect the health and safety of its own people".

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid out 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

The company's CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December on suspicion of activity violating USA sanctions against Iran.

The US alleges that Meng violated Iran sanctions and lied about it to American banks, and the case has become a major headache for Canada.

Meng's arrest in Vancouver in December on a United States warrant infuriated China, which arrested two Canadians days later in what was widely seen as retaliation.

In an explosive press conference, Huawei also accused the United States government of smearing Huawei's name, hacking into its servers and stealing its emails and proprietary code.

By hiding Skycom's connection to Huawei, Meng is accused of personally misleading USA banks into clearing cash connected with transactions between the two companies.

Huawei also accused the U.S. government on Thursday of hacking its servers and stealing company e-mails.

China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the country's customs officials had frequently discovered "hazardous pests" in samples taken recently from Canadian canola imports.

Huawei has offered to work with the USA government to address security concerns, but it appears that these offers in the past have been ignored, implicitly for political reasons rather than any basis in fact.

Within 10 days, Chinese authorities detained two Canadians, a former diplomat and a businessman, accusing them of endangering the country's national security.

The Chinese embassy statement has said that due to "obvious political interference", Canada should refuse the USA extradition request and release Meng.

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