Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese technology giant Huawei, who was detained at Vancouver airport.
“The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case,” Mr. Trudeau told reporters in Montreal. “We were advised by them with a few days’ notice that this was in the works but, of course, there was no engagement or involvement in the political level in this decision because we respect the independence of our judicial processes.”
The Prime Minister said he has not held discussions with his Chinese counterpart or other world leaders about Ms. Meng’s detention.
He declined to give further details, given that Meng faces a bail hearing on Friday
Q: According to reports, after the Canadian government arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada has issued a statement about this. Can you tell us whether the Chinese side has summoned the Canadian Ambassador to lodge representations in Beijing?
A: The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with and made clear its stern position to
The Canadian side and the US side respectively on this，demanding them to immediately clarify thereason for the detention, immediately release the detainee and earnestly protect the legal and .legitimate rights and interests of the person involved.
Q: Whether the detention of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei might affect theongoing trade negotiations between China and the US?
With regard to the trade talks between China and the US mentioned by you, I have kept stressingin the past few days that China and the US should follow the consensus reached by the two heads ;of state to step up consultations and reach a mutually beneficial agreement at an early date.
问：孟晚舟这样的企业高管在加拿大因违反 美方对伊朗的制裁而获罪。中方对此有何评论？ Q: Such corporate executives as Meng Wanzhou could be found guilty in Canada for being in breachof sanctions the US has imposed on Iran. What is your comment?
A: As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has been faithfully and strictlyimplementing all the resolutions adopted by the Security Council. Meanwhile, we oppose theimposition of unilateral sanctions by certain country outside the framework of the SecurityCouncil. This position is consistent and clear-cut.
In addition ,according to my information, Huawei has issued a statement on this, which stressedthat it abides by all the applicable laws and regulations of the countries where it operates. Iwould refer you to that.
Q: The spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada in his statement said that Meng Wanzhou had not violated any Canadian or American law. Can you tell us what the basis of that statement is?
A: Like I said just now, the Chinese side has made clear its stern position to the Canadian side and the US side respectively on this case, demanding them to immediately clarify the reason for the detention, immediately release the detainee and earnestly protect the legal and legitimate rights and interests of the person involved.
Q: The Chinese side has not actually got a full explanation from the Canadian side as to why Meng Wanzhou was detained. Is that right?
According to my information, neither the US nor Canada has made any clarification on the reason for the detention so far.
Q: Does China view this case as a legal and criminal matter or a political matter?
A: The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with and made clear its stern position to the Canadian side and the US side respectively on this, demanding them to immediately clarify the reason for the detention and immediately release the detainee
Q: Some media reports have suggested that Meng Wanzhou holds a Canadian as well as a Chinese passport. Can you confirm whether she entered Canada on a Chinese passport? Will that affect the way she is treated as part of the consular case?
A: Like I said just now, I cannot talk about the specifics of this case here.