Another influential newspaper China Daily wrote in its editorial that the Chinese delegation, led by Vice Premier Liu He, on trade in Washington has shown that Beijing is "sincere in seeking a workable solution". PBOC governor Yi Gang and Vice Finance Minister Liao Min are among the delegation members, Xinhua said.
The Chinese mobile giant faces 23 charges of bank fraud, obstruction of justice and technology theft in a development that exacerbates the multiple challenges faced by the company and heightens trade and diplomatic tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced January 28 that the Department of Justice has filed charges against Huawei Technologies Co. and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, for a series of alleged criminal acts, including bank fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and fraud, against the United States. Bloomberg's Tom Schoenberg and Selina Wang report on "Bloomberg Technology".
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, speaking about the Huawei indictments, said Monday that the trade talks and legal case are separate matters. "This issue is part and parcel of that tech war between the two countries", said Associate Professor Li Mingjiang, coordinator of the China programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Bottom line: Tensions between U.S. and China have spiraled considerably over the previous year, and this only lands the rock further down the hill. "The details of how we do that are very complicated". The US aims to pin China down on forced technology transfer and intellectual property theft, among other things, during the two-day meeting. Mnuchin said the U.S. security concerns raised by the Huawei case were separate from the trade issue.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announces indictments against Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (L), Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (R), and other officials at the Department of Justice in Washington on January 28, 2019.
Canadian officials have confirmed to AFP that they received a formal extradition request from the US.
"We have another 30 days after this", Mnuchin said. The Ministry further urged the U.S.to "immediately withdraw the arrest warrant" and "stop making such kinds of extradition requests".
The company's US branch is also accused of stealing trade secrets and equipment from cellphone provider T-Mobile USA. President Donald Trump said he would get involved in the Huawei case if it would help produce a trade agreement with China. The tactic could backfire, he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. "Today should serve as a warning that we will not tolerate businesses that violate our laws, obstruct justice or jeopardize national and economic well-being".
Meng's lawyer, Reid Weingarten, denied the accusations against his client, "Ms. Meng is an ethical and honorable businesswoman who has never spent a second of her life plotting to violate any us law, including the Iranian sanctions".