Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, is facing extradition charges to the United States over accusations that she violated Iran sanctions.
"We were advised by them with a few days' notice that this was in the works but of course there was no engagement or involvement in the political level in this decision because we respect the independence of our judicial processes", he said Thursday. China's embassy in Canada has described the actions as having "seriously harmed human rights".
Priscilla Moriuchi, a former East Asia specialist at National Security Agency now with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, said both ZTE and Huawei are wedded to China's military and political leadership.
A user of China's Twitter-like Weibo platform said Chinese should boycott products made by US tech giant Apple Inc and instead buy Huawei products to show support for one of China's national champions.
Huawei also said in a statement that it was compliant with "all applicable laws and regulations where it operates".
Huawei has clarified from their end that she faces unspecified charges in the NY.
"You can play hardball with a small country but you can't do it with the US", he said.
Britain's largest mobile provider BT announced Wednesday it was removing Huawei's telecommunications equipment from its 4G cellular network, after the MI6 foreign intelligence service chief singled out the company as a potential security risk. Chinese technology has been a particular bugbear for the USA president, who has justified imposing tariffs on Chinese imports with allegations of intellectual property theft by Chinese companies.
The arrest of a senior Huawei telecoms executive in Canada this week brought the Chinese company under worldwide scrutiny, drew the ire of American leaders and sent stocks plummeting over fears that a U.S-China trade deal could be reneged amid newly inflamed tensions.
The United States has also been looking since at least 2016 into whether Huawei violated USA sanctions against Iran, Reuters reported in April. This is something that we get from the Justice Department.
For years, Washington has alleged the Chinese government could compel the company to tap into its hardware to spy or disrupt communications - a fear that's now elevated as the world prepares to upgrade to 5G, a new wireless technology that'll connect more items like self-driving cars and health monitors to the Internet.
Huawei has repeatedly denied the insinuation and says it's owned by Ren and its own employees. Huawei has also been taking heat in other markets. -China negotiations over trade.
Bolton told NPR that Huawei has represented "enormous concerns for years" for the United States over the theft of American intellectual property and forced technology transfers, two notable issues the administration is seeking to resolve as part of the trade negotiations.
Mulroney said Canada should be prepared for "sustained fury" from the Chinese and said it will be portrayed in China as Canada kowtowing to Trump.
The U.S. sees Huawei and smaller Chinese tech suppliers as possible fronts for Chinese spying and as commercial competitors.
The Chinese Embassy in Canada condemned the detention of Ms Meng denying she had violated Chinese or U.S. laws.
"The Chinese are likely to play tit for tat on this one and we should be ready for it", said Fen Hampson, the director of the global security program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation based in southern Ontario.
In exchange, ZTE agreed to pay a hefty $1 billion fine and put an additional $400 million in escrow in case of future violations.