Top Huawei executive detained in Canada, angering China

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro discusses the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and President Trump's trade fight with China.

Wanzhou, 46, was arrested by Canadian authorities as part of an USA investigation into an alleged scheme by Huawei to use a global banking institution to make illegal transactions involving Iran, Reuters reported.

A White House official told Reuters Trump did not know about a USA request for her extradition from Canada before he met Xi and agreed to a 90-day truce in the brewing trade war.

"I knew in advance".

Wang Heng, a Chinese law professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said the United States could use Meng's case to increase pressure on China during trade talks.

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Huawei, for its part, said it was unaware of any wrongdoing on the part of its chief financial officer. The onus will be on Meng's lawyer to provide evidence that she will not flee, they added.

China says that Meng had been arrested without explanation and that could be a "violation of her human rights".

A Huawei spokesman declined to comment on Thursday and said that Wednesday's statement still stands.

Bloomberg News reported that Meng's marital status was unclear, but in 2013 she denied in another media report that she was married to Huawei board member and chief strategy marketing officer Xu Wenwei. She would also have to give up her passport, he said.

If granted bail on Friday, Meng will likely have to post bail with "a surety of several million dollars", Vancouver lawyer Gary Botting, who has experience with extradition cases, said. Washington is now seeking her extradition, which has put Canada in a tense situation as the awkward middleman.

"You need massive material and evidence to support detention release", said Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer.

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Meng rose through the company ranks through hard work rather than privilege, said Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at the University of British Columbia's Institute for Asian Research.

The Vancouver houses, one on Matthews Shaughnessy, the other on West 28th Avenue in Dunbar, are registered to Xiaozong Liu - according to B.C. Land Title registry records - the same name as Meng's husband, who is identified in Chinese media.

Canada's allies, including the US, UK and Australia, have been taking actions to ban Huawei.

She was arrested in Vancouver after a USA extradition request for reportedly violating sanctions against Iran.

More recently, the probe has included the company's use of HSBC Holdings Plc to make illegal transactions involving Iran, people familiar with the investigation said.

Huawei has said it complies with all applicable export control and sanctions laws and other regulations.

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