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"We have to be anxious about these companies", Mr Andrus Ansip told a news conference in Brussels, days after a top executive at the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, was arrested in Canada as part of an investigation into alleged bank fraud.

The Global Times accused Washington of "despicable hooliganism" in arresting Meng "when it failed to contain Huawei's outstanding competitiveness in the 5G field through market means". A bail hearing was set for Friday.

The China Daily editorialised that Washington had eroded political trust with China by pressuring its allies to shun cooperation with Huawei.

James Lewis, director of technology policy at the Centre of Strategic and International Studies, who is also a former Commerce Department official, told U.S. news website Axios: "Huawei is one of the Chinese government's pet companies".

A White House official told Reuters Trump did not know about a US request for her extradition from Canada before he met Xi and agreed to a 90-day truce in the brewing trade war.

The arrest, revealed by Canadian authorities late on Wednesday, was part of a USA investigation into an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade US sanctions against Iran, people familiar with the probe told Reuters. "We certainly don't inform the president on every one of them", Bolton said.

The Chinese government said on Thursday that Meng had not broken any United States or Canadian laws and demanded Canada "immediately correct the mistake" and release her.

Chinese officials have expressed concern about the arrest, with the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa calling it as a serious violation of human rights, while Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has said Canadian officials should reveal their reasoning for the arrest.

Geng said repeatedly that China has demanded Canada and the United States explain the reasons for Meng's detention.

The arrest of Meng, chief financial officer and daughter of the company's founder, has angered the Chinese government and raised concerns that it could disrupt a trade war truce between the world's two biggest economies.

"She would be the Ivanka Trump of Huawei", said Abramson, adding that Huawei is like the "Apple of China" and Meng is an extremely important business person.

"Upstream and downstream enterprises in the industry chain are mutually dependent, share honour and disgrace", the letter said.

CNN reported that unnamed White House officials had said arresting the Chinese executive could be used as leverage in the China trade talks.

"If I was an American tech executive, I wouldn't travel to China this week". "But it's disgusting for the White House to talk about her as a ransom hostage".

According to a report from Reuters, the USA has been investigating Huawei for using the global banking system in an effort to evade wide-ranging sanctions targeting Iran.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

On Wednesday the State Council, China's cabinet, drafted amendments to patent laws "drawing on global practice".


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