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China tells Canada of consequences of helping U.S.
China says Canada needs to be aware of the consequences of aiding the United States in a case involving the Chinese tech giant Huawei that is believed to have sparked the detentions of two Canadians in China.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang's comments Friday came after U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

In December, Canada arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wangzhou on a U.S. warrant. Subsequently, China arrested two Canadians on charges of espionage and stopped imports of key commodities from the Group of Seven country.

Chinese authorities detained Spavor, a businessman, and former diplomat Kovrig on Dec. 10, shortly after Canada arrested China-based Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, on a U.S. warrant.

While Huawei is cheaper and sophisticated compared with other alternatives, its close relationship to the Chinese government is troubling, Mr. Lind told BNN Bloomberg in a TV interview.

She faces extradition to the United States on charges she conspired to defraud global banks about Huawei's relationship with a company operating in Iran. She and the company have denied the charges and China has called for her release.

The United States has accused Huawei of being tied to Chinas government, and has effectively banned U.S. firms from doing business with the company for national-security reasons.

"We hope that the Canadian side can have a clear understanding of the consequences of endangering itself for the gains of the U.S. and take immediate actions to correct its mistakes so as to spare itself the suffering from growing damage," Geng said at a daily news briefing.

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Asked about Pence's comments that U.S. President Donald Trump would speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the detained Canadians at a G20 meeting in Japan in June, Geng implied Canada was to blame for its problems in China.

Rogers vice chairman calls for banning Huawei from Canadas 5G network: Bloomberg

Pence, who has taken a hard line on China, discussed the detained Canadians with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday, where they also talked about Huawei and China trade issues.

Kovrig and Spavor were formally charged with espionage this month. China has also cut off imports of key Canadian commodities in an effort to press it.

Huawei is cheaper and quite sophisticated. But the fact is, theyre very, very close to the Chinese government. So for anyone to argue that they wouldnt be compromised if the government said, do this – theyd do it. They have to do it. Theyre in that country, Phil Lind said in an interview with BNN.

While Canada says China has made no specific link between the detentions of the two men and Meng's arrest, experts and former diplomats say they have no doubt it is using their cases to pressure Canada.

In Canada, Bell and Telus have invested and worked with Huawei to roll out its 3G and 4G LTE networks. Neither company has decided on a 5G vendor, though Nokia Canada suggests they should decide by the end of this year if they want to be ready to roll out the technology when the spectrum is available.

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BEIJING — China warned Canada on Friday that it needs to be aware of the consequences of aiding the U.S. in a case involving the Chinese tech giant Huawei that is believed to have sparked the detentions of two Canadians in China.

Tensions with Huawei began in December when its CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver. The U.S. has charged Meng, Huawei and subsidiary Skycom with 13 counts of bank and wire fraud. Huawei denies the accusations. Meng is expected to learn more of her extradition in court in September.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuangs comments Friday came after U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Both were arrested on Dec. 10 after Canada detained a Huawei executive wanted by the United States on fraud charges. While China has denied they were taken in retaliation, it has repeatedly implied that there is a strong connection between the cases.

Chinese authorities detained Canadian businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig in December, shortly after Canada arrested China-based Huawei Technologies Co Ltds Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, on a U.S. warrant.

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Korvig, a former diplomat and Asia expert at the International Crisis Group, and Spavor, a businessman, have been accused of colluding to steal state secrets. Canada has repeatedly urged their immediate release, calling their detentions "arbitrary." Neither has been permitted access to lawyers or family members.

She faces extradition to the United States on charges she conspired to defraud global banks about Huaweis relationship with a company operating in Iran. She and the company have denied the charges and China has called for her release.

"We hope that the Canadian side can have a clear understanding of the consequences of endangering itself for the gains of the U.S. and take immediate actions to correct its mistakes so as to spare itself the suffering from growing damage," Geng said at a daily news briefing.

Lind is a Rogers veteran of nearly 50 years, known as the right-hand man to company founder Ted Rogers. He was also on BNN Bloomberg last fall, where he argued Canadian wireless carriers have to consolidate, while also promoting his memoir Right Hand Man: How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada’s Foremost Entrepreneur.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the companys founder, is accused of lying to banks about the companys dealings with Iran in violation of U.S. trade sanctions. Her attorney has argued that comments by U.S. President Donald Trump suggest the case against her is politically motivated.

Huawei is cheaper and quite sophisticated. But the fact is, theyre very, very close to the Chinese government. So for anyone to argue that they wouldnt be compromised if the government said, do this – theyd do it. They have to do it. Theyre in that country, said Lind in an interview from Wednesday.

Rogers vice chairman calls for banning Huawei from Canadas 5G network: Bloomberg

Washington has pressured other countries to limit use of Huaweis technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.

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Another Canadian held in China, Robert Schellenberg, was re-sentenced to death in a drug case following Mengs detention. His case is currently under appeal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence leave a joint news conference during a visit in Ottawa on Thursday, May 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

China warned Canada on Friday that it needs to be aware of the consequences of aiding the U.S. in a case involving the Chinese tech giant Huawei that is believed to have sparked the detentions of two Canadians in China.