China calls US 'despicable' after arrest of Huawei exec

A Chinese newspaper linked to the country's Communist Party blasted the Trump administration on Friday over the arrest and Canadian detention of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, who faces extradition to the United States.

The U.S. has yet to provide an official statement on Meng's arrest, but Canadian media have reported that the arrest of the daughter of one of China's most influential families is related to allegations that she was involved in violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.


Huawei has firmly denied the accusations, while China has accused the Trump administration of ordering the arrest in an attempt to impact China's global economic growth.

"[T]he U.S. is trying to do whatever it can to contain Huawei’s expansion in the world simply because the company is the point man for China’s competitive technology companies," read an editorial in The Global Times, an English-language production of the Communist Party.

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"We call on the Chinese government and society to offer moral support to Huawei and Chinese diplomats to offer timely assistance to Meng. We also support Huawei in its legal battle with the US to prove its innocence and thwart some Americans' plot to throw the company off track," the editorial in the Times reads.

The editorial came a day after White House national security adviser John Bolton confirmed in an NPR interview that he had been warned by the Justice Department in advance of Meng's arrest that the move was imminent.

"I knew in advance. This is something that we get from the Justice Department. And these kinds of things happen with some frequency," Bolton said.

Huawei has been looked at by the Trump administration as a possible player in China's theft of intellectual property and is considered by some to be too close to China's government.

The U.S. and China have battled for months over unfair trade practices allegedly performed by Chinese authorities, which resulted last week in an agreed-upon truce between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"Huawei is one company we've been concerned about. There are others as well. I think this is going to be a major subject of the negotiations that President Trump and President Xi Jinping agreed to in Buenos Aires," Bolton added in his interview with NPR.

China has demanded Meng's release, which occurred the same day as Trump's negotiations with Xi but was not reported until Wednesday.