Who Is the Woman in Huawei Arrest?

Who Is the Woman in Huawei Arrest?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa had a few days' prior notice of the arrest of an executive from the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei following US allegations the company violated sanctions on Iran. According to the Canadian Justice Department, she was arrested in Vancouver on December 1st, the very same day that Donald Trump and Xi Jinping set down to dinner in Argentina.

It said it could not say more as Ms Meng had sought a ban on the publication of details and this had been ordered by the courts.

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Officials for the Canadian and U.S. Justice Departments did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Later, other sources claimed that the arrest had been made to investigate whether Huawei violated USA sanctions on Iran or not.

Huawei, for its part, has denied sharing information with the Chinese government, as has ZTE.

"No matter what happens in the short term, (the arrest of Huawei's CFO) is a symptom of a long-term technology clash", said Derek Scissors, a China specialist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Meng was detained provisionally by Canadian authorities on behalf of the United States on Wednesday while she was transferring flights in Vancouver, and is facing as yet unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY.

A Canadian source with knowledge of the arrest said US law enforcement authorities are alleging that Ms. Meng tried to evade the USA trade embargo against Iran but provided no further details.

Huawei, one of the world's biggest suppliers of network gear used by phone and internet companies, has been the subject of deepening security concerns within the USA government and the governments of countries like Australia and New Zealand.

The statement went on to say how Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, "including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the United Nations, USA and European Union".

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It's noteworthy that Huawei adopted a highly cautious and moderate tone in the statement.

Earlier this year, the U.S. imposed a seven-year ban on the sale of crucial USA components to Chinese smartphone maker ZTE after finding it had failed to take action against staff who were responsible for violating trade sanctions against Iran and North Korea. "The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim", reads a statement released by the embassy.

Reacting to Meng's arrest, Huawei said in a statement it was unaware of any wrongdoing by its executive, adding it complies with all applicable laws. We will closely follow the development of the issue and take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.

"We have made solemn representations to Canada and the USA, demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person's legal rights", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing.

Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said China was confident it could reach a deal during the 90 days that Trump agreed to suspend a scheduled increase in United States import taxes on $US200 billion of Chinese products.

Both Huawei and ZTE have not only been barred from use by U.S. government agencies and contractors; they have also been mostly locked out of the American market. "Don't act like a despicable rogue".

Growing tensions between the USA and China, Russia, and North Korea have caused global concern.

"I do think.the timing has a bearing on those talks in particular because Huawei is perhaps the most successful global company in China", said Mr Campling.

Her brother, Meng Ping, works at Huawei as do their father's younger brother and his current wife. "The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case. If our hands and feet are bound, then we will not be able to continue producing, then what's the point of compliance?"

Image: Meng Wanzhou is a long-serving executive at Huawei.

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