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Meng’s extradition hearing: Huawei thinks Biden is ‘different’ from Trump

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 13:20 GMT+7
Meng’s extradition hearing: Huawei thinks Biden is ‘different’ from Trump
Canada's vice-president of corporate affairs Alykhan Velshi (C) speaks with reporters on November 24, 2020. Photo: Huawei

Huawei believes a “reasonable Biden” as U.S. president will find it “very difficult to defend the conduct of President Trump," a Huawei spokesman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.

President-elect Biden is "very different" from President Trump, Huawei Canada's vice-president of corporate affairs Alykhan Velshi said in an interview.

Huawei is dragged into a legal battle over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO, and also the daughter of Huawei's founder.

Meng was arrested by Canadian police at an airport in Canada in late 2018 at the request of the United States, on suspicion of deceiving HSBC and putting it at risk of violating U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran.

This week, the latest hearings have been held in Canada’s British Columbia Supreme Court.

Meng’s legal team has been putting efforts to fight against extradition to the U.S.

During the interview on Tuesday, Velshi repeated Huawei’s accusation against incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump of intervening in the Huawei case, as well as using Meng as a “hostage” in the current U.S. – China tensions and negotiations.

As of November 24, however, Trump was facing the risk of not keeping his post as the boss of the White House next term, with Democrat Joe Biden projected to win the 2020 election.

Asked if Huawei has any consideration over a possible change in U.S. presidency, Velshi reiterated that Huawei “has been dragged into the U.S. – China trade fight” and accused President Trump of trading Meng to get the upper hand in his administration's trade negotiations with China.

“No one knows the direction that President-elect Biden will take U.S. – China, U.S. – Canada relations, Huawei… No one really knows. However, what we do know is the following. It’s clearly that, in terms of temperament, character, President-elect Biden is very different from President Trump,” said Velshi.

"We believe that a reasonable Biden U.S. president that takes a look at the case, takes a look at the intervention of President Trump in the case, will find it very difficult to defend the conduct of President Trump."

Huawei Canada’s vice-president also argued that Canada has been caught in the middle of the Trump – China trade war, and that is the reason why “we are hopeful that in the government of Canada’s discussion with the Biden administration, the government of Canada will see and hopefully receive the help of the Biden administration, which helps to ease frictions between China and Canada.”

“Although we have concerns over how governments have handled the case, we have confidence that the courts in Canada are very minded, neutral, independent, and respectful of the rule of law,” Velshi added.

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Du Nhat Dang / Tuoi Tre News

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