By Arshad Mohammed and Matt Spetalnick
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering issuing a new warning to U.S. citizens, including business executives, traveling to China after Canada arrested a senior Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] executive at Washington’s request, two sources said on Tuesday.
Such an advisory from the State Department would warn U.S. nationals of the risk that China could retaliate against them for the detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, according to one of the sources familiar with the situation.
Meng, 46, arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver, returned to a Canadian court on Tuesday for a bail hearing and is fighting a U.S. extradition request. China has protested her arrest to U.S. and Canadian officials.
Meng faces U.S. accusations that she misled multinational banks about Huawei’s control of a company operating in Iran. This put the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions and incurring penalties, court documents said.
Canada confirmed on Tuesday that one of its citizens was detained in China but said it saw no explicit connection to Huawei case.