Chief financial officer of China's Huawei arrested in Canada

Ivan Schwartz
December 6, 2018

The chief financial officer of China's global telecommunications equipment giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States, the ministry of justice said Wednesday, December 5.

Ian McLeod, a spokesman for the justice department, refused to say why Meng, who is also the deputy chair of the board of Huawei, is being sought for extradition. "The ban was sought by Ms. Meng", continued the statement. Meng adopted her mother's surname. No other details were available.

"The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the U.S. and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms Meng Wanzhou".

According to The Wall Street Journal, since 2016, United States prosecutors have been examining whether Huawei broke United States trade embargoes to Iran.

Earlier this year, it barred U.S. companies from exporting to Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE over violations of the Iranian sanctions, effectively shutting down the firm.

As part of the sanctions, the U.S. halted the import of Iranian oil, cutting off a key source of revenue for the nation.

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It says she was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada. "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal system will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

In 2012, the House of Representatives released a report warning Huawei poses a national security threat to the USA, and American companies and its government should avoid doing business with the company.

"At the request of the United States side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law".

Huawei is one of China's most prominent technology companies - a huge telecommunications firm, and the world's second-biggest smartphone manufacturer. Huawei has said neither it nor Skycom ultimately provided the HP equipment.

The U.S. government has been concerned about Huawei for years because of uncertainty over its relationship with the Chinese government.

Last week, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) rejected a proposal from Spark under which it would have used network access equipment from Huawei to build a 5G network, which it wants to have running in 2020.

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