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China Warns Canada Of Consequences If Does Not Release Huawei CFO

File Photo:Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng attends a symposium on the history of the disputed islands in the East China Sea (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
BEIJING, Dec 8 (Reuters)

China's foreign ministry called on Canada to immediately release Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer on Saturday, warning that otherwise it would face consequences.

The ministry said in a statement that Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had issued the warning to Canada's ambassador in Beijing, summoning him to lodge a "strong protest".

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's global chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 and faces extradition to the United States, which alleges that she covered up her company's links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions.

The executive is also the daughter of the founder of Huawei.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Alexander Smith)