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John Bolton says he knew in advance Huawei executive would be arrested

2018-12-07 09:43:25       source:The Guardian

December 6, 2018

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, has said he knew in advance that a top Chinese telecoms executive would be arrested in Canada to face extradition to the US, in what is escalating into a major diplomatic incident.

Beijing is calling the release of Meng Wanzhou, the the global chief financial officer of the vast Huawei corporation, and demanded Ottawa and Washington provide reasons for her arrest in Vancouver on Saturday.

Bolton would not give a specific reason for the US request, saying it was a law enforcement matter, but in a radio interview on Thursday he said the US had long been concerned about the role of Huawei and other Chinese tech companies in the theft of US technological knowhow.

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