Canada Arrests Huawei CFO at Request of U.S. Authorities

Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S.

Canada arrests Huawei global CFO in Vancouver

Canadian authorities have arrested the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who is facing extradition to the United States.

The woman was apprehended on Saturday and is awaiting the bail hearing scheduled for Friday, Canada's Department of Justice spokesman Ian McLeod told The Globe and Mail. At this time, the department spokesperson can't share more details because Meng requested a publication ban.

But Huawei said in a statement that it had been provided "very little information regarding the charges" and was not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng.

Ms Meng is one of Huawei's top executives and its deputy chairman, as well as Mr Zhengfei's daughter.

The statement said that Meng was taken into custody when she was transferring flights in Canada.

The federal Crown prosecutor handling the case declined to comment outside court on the reasons for Meng's arrest, referring questions to the federal Justice Department.

The Wall Street Journal notes that USA authorities want to bring Meng to federal court in the Eastern District of NY. The company previously said that it complies with all applicable laws everywhere it operates, "including the applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US, and European Union".

USA media have reported that the U.S. is investigating Huawei for potential violations of United States sanctions against Iran. "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

Several months after Donald Trump signed a bill into law preventing USA government agencies from buying certain products from the Chinese electronics manufacturer, Huawei's CFO has been arrested in Canada.

Ms. Meng is a rising star at Shenzhen-based Huawei, now the world's second-largest maker of telecommunications equipment.

Both the United States and Australia have banned the company from participating in the construction of the 5G network because of security concerns, and Washington has been increasing pressure on Canada, Britain and New Zealand to join suit.

Spark also uses network access equipment from Huawei in cellphone towers - but not in its core mobile network - and Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie said that meant BT's decision had no direct implications for it.

Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

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