The Chinese Embassy in Canada has expressed its protest over the arrest of Meng, calling it a violation of human rights and asked for the immediate release of the executive. © AP Photo / Dake Kang Bolton ‘Knew in Advance’ of Huawei CFO Arrest as Trudeau Denies Political Motive The same stance has been taken by the Chinese Foreign Ministry which called on Ottawa to immediately set Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou free. Huawei, in its turn, said it was unaware of any wrongdoing on the part of its chief financial officer. Meng was arrested in the Canadian city of Vancouver on 1 December at the US request on suspicion of violating US sanctions against Iran. READ MORE: Huawei Executive Arrest Shows US-China Trade War Far From Over – Pundit CC BY 2.0 / Kārlis Dambrāns / ZTE Japan to Exclude Huawei, ZTE From Government Contracts – Reports The situation unveils amid the United States harsh position concerning the tech company, banning government agencies from using services from Huawei and ZTE, along other Chinese firms. Washington also reinstated sanctions against Iran following the country’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran nuclear agreement – in May. The first round of sanctions came into force in August and the next round on November 5. The sanctions target not only Iran’s economy but also those individuals and entities who continue to do business with Iran.