China on Thursday demanded the release of Meng “Sabrina” Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei who was arrested by Canadian officials as U.S. and Chinese officials were reaching a trade truce in Buenos Aires on December 1.
“The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim,” a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Canada said in a statement.
Canadian officials arrested Meng at the request of U.S. officials, according to reports.
The state-run Global Times said the arrest was a violation of the spirit of the trade truce reached during a dinner Saturday night between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the end of the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina.
“Despite incomplete information about the incident, the US move obviously goes against the consensus reached between the heads of state of China and the US in Argentina,” the Global Times said in an editorial.