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"They are two separate events", Mr Navarro told CNN on Friday, adding that the timing was just a coincidence.

David Ryder / Reuters A member of B.C. Sheriff Service (BCSS) and a security guard keep watch outside the B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is held on an extradition warrant in Vancouver. The news of the arrest was made public on Wednesday.

The Attorney General opposed Meng's release on bail.

"Detaining a person without providing an explanation has undoubtedly violated her human rights", Geng stressed, specifying that Beijing had sent clear signal to both the United States and Canada over the case.

Things are getting even worse for Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hand with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

A lawyer representing Meng argued that she would not breach a court order and leave Canada because doing so would humiliate her father, Huawei and "China itself".

The case, which has prompted fury in China, has put Canada in a hard position: comply with a request from its neighbour and largest trading partner, or risk angering the country it has, for months, sought stronger ties with.

The hearing in Vancouver is the start of a long legal process in Canada that could end with Meng being sent to the stand trial.

News of her detention rattled markets on Thursday and Friday.

Though the impact of the provision is debated, it is seen as an effort by the United States to isolate China economically.

Meng's arrest coincided with the signing of the truce agreement by Trump and Xi. The nations are locked in a trade war that has seen both impose duties on billions of dollars of one another's goods.

In the past, Huawei had sold telecoms equipment to MTN Irancell, Bloomberg has reported.

We'll soon know if the Canadian courts are amenable to that argument.

Canada is not providing further details about the case because of a court-ordered publication ban. She was flying from Hong Kong to Mexico with a stop in the Canadian city.

Asked this week about a possible Canadian ban on Huawei, Trudeau said he would defer to the advice of his intelligence agencies. "We respect the independence of our judicial processes", he said, adding, "Further to that, I have not had any direct or indirect conversation with any of my global counterparts on this". However, concerns about Huawei have been growing for quite some time.

The report comes amid a flurry of troubling headlines for Huawei, which is at the forefront of a race to roll out 5G mobile networks around the globe.

Huawei has been a subject of USA national security concerns for years and Meng's case echoes well beyond tariffs or market access.

These costs would arise because, to remove Huawei equipment from cellular infrastructure as they build their 5G network, Bell and Telus would have to rip out and replace tens of thousands of antennas. "We oppose the imposition of unilateral sanctions by certain country outside the framework of the Security Council".

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson told reporters: "The detention without giving any reason violates a person's human rights".

"The Chinese government should seriously mull over the United States tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China´s high-tech enterprises", said the nationalist tabloid Global Times in an editorial.