White House, Trudeau seek to distance themselves from Huawei move

US President Donald Trump was not told about the plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two US officials said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to stop the incident from impeding crucial trade talks with Beijing.

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, the 46-year-old daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested on December 1, the same day Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet together at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Meng’s detention was only announced on Wednesday, the news sent the stocks plummeting, the stock exchange is already nervous due to the tensions of the two biggest economies, China and the US.

The arrest was made from a Washington request, it is a part of USĀ investigation of an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to sources close with the probe.

Meng’s detention also raised concerns that their might be retaliation by Beijing in Canada, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to distance himself from the arrest.

“The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference … we were advised by them with a few days’ notice that this was in the works,” Trudeau told reporters in Montreal in televised remarks.

Photo credit-The Straits Times

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