'US President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton has acknowledged the threats posed by Chinese mobile giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, saying he knew that Canada was planning to arrest its top finance executive, Meng Wanzhou, after she arrived in the country to take part in a tech conference.
"I knew in advance. This is something that we get from the Justice Department," Bolton told National Public Radio, media reported on Thursday.
He said he was not sure whether Trump -- who had described a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the same day Meng was arrested, as "amazing and productive" -- was also aware.
Trump and Xi, who were in Argentina for a summit of the Group of 20 major economies, had agreed to set up negotiations to discuss US concerns over China's trade barriers.
In turn, Trump agreed to hold off on raising tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods starting in the new year.
"These kinds of things happen with some frequency. We certainly don't inform the president on every one of them," he said about the arrest coinciding with the meeting.
Bolton also declined to discuss specifics over Meng's arrest, saying it was a matter for law enforcement.
"But we've had enormous concerns for years," Bolton said, "about the practice of Chinese firms to use stolen American intellectual property, to engage in forced technology transfers, and to be used as arms of the Chinese government's objectives in terms of information
technology in particular."'
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