China’s embassy in Canada issued a statement saying that at the request of the US, Canada had arrested a Chinese citizen “not violating any American or Canadian law”.
“The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms Meng Wanzhou,” it added.
A spokesman for the US Justice Department in the Eastern District of New York – which Huawei said had brought the charges – declined to comment.
The arrest comes as the US has brought a number of legal cases against Chinese technology firms, with accusations such as cyber-security theft and violations of US sanctions against Iran.
Earlier this year, it barred US companies from exporting to Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE over violations of the Iranian sanctions, effectively shutting down the firm.
The US later replaced the ban with a fine and governance changes.