Canada judge orders Huawei exec released on bail

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President Trump also suggested he might “intervene” with the case should it help leverage a trade deal with China “if its good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made”.

She was granted bail on Tuesday but faces extradition to the US over allegations the company she leads as CFO has been skirting American sanctions on Iran through a subsidiary.

Robert Long holds a sign outside the BC Supreme Court bail hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was held on an extradition warrant in Vancouver, Canada December 11, 2018.

"Whatever's good for the country, I would do", Trump was quoted as saying. Thanks, everyone for your concern. Companies are barred from using the USA financial system to funnel goods and services to sanctioned entities. The two countries will now reach a deal by March 1.

She allegedly assured U.S. banks that Huawei and Skycom were different companies but prosecutors say they were one and the same. They are talking to my people.

"They have not called me yet".

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Wanzhou is facing fraud charges in the United States related to an alleged violation of trade sanctions with Iran. Meng faces extradition to the U.S. where she could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he was willing to consider intervening with the Justice Department on Meng's behalf.

Richard McGregor, from the Lowy Institute, said China had taken Mr Kovrig hostage in response to the detention of the Huawei executive in a simple "tit for tat" move.

"I don't want to speculate as to what's behind it but I am prepared to be categorical about what's not behind it, and what's not behind it is any illegal activity or endangering of Chinese national security", Malley told Reuters news agency.

Trump's remarks appeared to undercut other officials in his administration who contended that Meng's arrest - which came the same day he and Xi announced plans to break the trade impasse - was unconnected to the broader negotiations.

Donaldson, who was also in Tokyo, said he made a decision to cut short the planned trade trip to China after consulting with federal, provincial and diplomatic officials.

Freeland said she has spoken with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the case when asked by reporters if the US could be using Canada as a pawn in its ongoing trade war with China.

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All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs. But Trump has also used the United Nations to try to advance his foreign policy agenda on Iran and North Korea.

Canada's foreign affairs ministry gave no further details about the incident or its talks with China. Canada, however, has maintained that its judiciary has been operating independent of USA influence.

Michael Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat posted to Beijing.

Just hours before the Vancouver hearing, news broke that Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat and an analyst for International Crisis Group, was detained in China.

Mr Kovrig has been working since February 2017 as a senior advisor for ICG, a Brussels-based think tank that focuses on conflict reduction research.

Meng added that she does "not have a criminal record in China or anywhere, and has never had any problems with law enforcement in China or overseas".

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