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China's Foreign Ministry refuted criminal charges on Huawei CFO, alleging the US is using "state power to suppress and discredit" a Chinese enterprise.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived in Washington D.C. on Monday in an attempt to move forward a new round of trade negotiations with the White House despite the extradition request of Huawei CFO sticking out like a sore thumb.
Liu is heading a delegation composed of state and government officials from economic and trade ministries.
Despite economic and diplomatic tensions, Chinese state media have handled the strained relations with the U.S. with restraint. “The development of China-U.S. relations is attributed not only to the wisdom and efforts of the leaders of the two countries but also to the contributions of the people from all walks of life, Chinese Consul General in Houston Li Qiangmin,” reported the People’s Daily.
However, the latest U.S. government announcements criminal charges against Huawei's Meng Wenzhou for an alleged bank and wire fraud as well as violating Iran U.S. sanctions on Iran and conspiring to obstruct justice related to the investigation, have received a stern response from Chinese officials.
“The criminal activity in this indictment goes back 10 years and goes all the way to the top of the company,” said acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker.
“For some time, the United States has used its state power to discredit and suppress a specific Chinese enterprise and attempted to interfere in the legitimate operations of the enterprise. Those acts contained strong political intentions and manipulations,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang.
He added, “China will resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests of its enterprises.”
The government of Canada, which is currently holding Meng on bail in Vancouver, said it received an official request Monday for the extradition of the Chinese CFO. If extradited, Meng could face trial in the U.S. and would spend 30 years in jail if found guilty of all accounts.