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Cell phone “shackles” and interlocking writing caused confusion in the Chinese embassy in the United States on Monday, hours after Canada released two detained Canadians charged by Beijing with fraud and misconduct.

Li Hua, Huawei’s second-in-command, will return to the company as Huawei’s rotating president, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, adding that Huawei not Chinese law.

The United States is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which lists rights including the right to own property, the right to respect for one’s private life, the right to privacy, the right to pursue one’s own interests and the right to a fair trial.

Huawei’s phones and security worries

The arrests of the executives, Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s vice president for global information and communications technology and Michael Kovrig, a diplomat in Canada’s International Organization for Migration, come as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House.

The official Chinese Communist Party-run People’s Daily called the detention of the Canadians “slanderous” on Monday and said President Xi had sent a letter of support to the families of the two.

China had detained them without cause and the issue should be “handled with mutual respect and courtesy,” the newspaper said, according to a brief statement that it sent out on Twitter.

“The detention of the Canadian nationals is serious, and the issue should be handled with mutual respect and courtesy,” Lu told a regular news briefing in Beijing.

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer at Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, was on the way to a meal with her daughter when she was arrested, according to a lawyer for the Canadian woman.

The lawyer, David Martin, told reporters outside of an unidentified Canadian location in Vancouver he was representing the 40-year-old at Meng’s request and that he had been contacted by Chinese officials who asked him to assist.

Meng, Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer at Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, is escorted by a Chinese security guard as she arrives at Vancouver airport in British Columbia, Canada, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

Video showed the floor of a vehicle convertible with white open windows outside a small Vancouver apartment building with an unusual front door—a double-wall garage with a doorway inside, a view provided by the BBC.

“I went to see my friend’s apartment across the street, I can’t believe this is happening,” Robert Thomas, a resident of the building, told Reuters.

Huawei operates in more than 170 countries and has stated publicly it complies with applicable laws and regulations where it operates.

Separately, China will establish the National Security Commission, central government bodies with oversight over domestic and foreign security, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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Last month, Chinese officials suggested on Twitter that the United States could bear some responsibility for the detention of Canadian civil servant Michael Kovrig.

Li, the Huawei executive who will return as rotating president, has no criminal record, the state-run China Daily reported, citing a spokesman for the Beijing police department.

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