The ministry added it could not provide further details due to a publication ban that was sought by Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese People's Liberation Army engineer.
"And they took this decision without any political involvement or interference". "We were advised by them with a few days' notice that this was in the works", Mr Trudeau told reporters in Montreal in televised remarks.
It's particularly worth noting that Meng was arrested on the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held a significant bilateral meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In an incident similar to Meng's case, ZTE's chief financial officer was stopped at Boston's Logan Airport during the US investigation of that company, according to sources familiar with the case.
Dean Garfield, president of the U.S. Information Technology Industry Council trade group, said innovation by U.S. companies often depends utterly on product development and testing by Chinese partners, not to mention component suppliers.
In a statement, it said it had complied with "all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU".
A spokesman for the U.S. justice department in the Eastern District of NY - which Huawei said had brought the charges - declined to comment.
Huawei is not listed, but China's second-largest telecom equipment maker, ZTE Corp, sank almost 6 percent in Hong Kong while most of the nearby national bourses lost at least 2 percent.
US-China experts said the muted response by Beijing - for now - shows how badly it wants to avoid upsetting the negotiations with the Trump administration.
Huawei was a pioneering supplier of telecom gear at a time when China was spending heavily to upgrade its networks, importing much of its equipment.
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Sen. Marco Rubio called for Meng's extradition.
In the latest development that is sure to upset the newly-formed trade truce between the United States and China, a senior Huawei exec has been arrested in Canada and now faces extradition to the US.
One report in the New York Times said the USA commerce and treasury departments had subpoenaed the firm over suspected violation of sanctions against both Iran and North Korea.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the arrest could complicate efforts to reach a broader U.S.
The New York Times said the company had been subpoenaed by the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of the Treasury over alleged contraventions of Iran and North Korea sanctions.
David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said USA and Canadian business executives could face reprisals in China. -China trade war could come to a swift end.
Suspicions over Huawei's links to the Chinese government have made the company a target for suspicion and the USA has led the charge to ban its products and services.
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This arrest could materially damage the relationship between the United States and China at possibly one of the most sensitive times between the two countries in their long and torrid history.
He added that the USA has had "enormous concerns for years about the [.] practice of Chinese firms to use stolen American intellectual property, to engage in forced technology transfers, and to be used as arms of the Chinese government's objectives in terms of information technology in particular".
"I imagine that some Chinese are going to see this as the equivalent of a hostage-taking", he said. "She would be the Ivanka Trump of Huawei", said Abramson, adding that Huawei is like the Apple of China and she's an extremely important businessperson. Trump restored access after ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine, replace its executive team and embed a US -chosen compliance team in the company.