Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the…
Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the US.
In a statement on Wednesday, Canada’s justice ministry, Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.
“She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.”
The ministry added it could not provide further details due to a publication ban that was
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that US authorities are investigating whether Huawei, one of the world’s top makers of telecommunications network equipment
Meng is also deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.
Al Jazeera’s John Hendren, reporting from Washington, DC, said the arrest ” could be a major blow f or Huawei. “
” Huawei is one of the biggest makers of smartphones. It uses parts from the US, which has sanctions against Iran, and it does not want its parts being used there ̵
1; so Meng was arrested in Canada on suspicion of circumventing those trade sanctions. ”
Hendren said that in The worst case scenario Huawei “could lose access to the US parts it’s using its smartphones – that’s what happened last year to ZTE, another Chinese company, which paid $ 892m for violating US sanctions.”
He added that Friday’s hearing
Huawei has been under severe scrutiny in the US, where government national security officials say that its alleged close links to the Chinese government make it a security risk.
The US business has been tightly constrained by worries that could undermine US competitors and that its cellphones and networking equipment, widely used in other countries, could provide Beijing with avenues for espionage.
Hendren Washington, DC, har allerede taget en række “ekstraordinære foranstaltninger”, inklusive president Donald Trump, som har underskrevet forbudet mod anvendelse af Huawei-produkter på atomkraftværker i USA, mens kongressen havde vedtaget et lovforslag som også forbød anvendelsen of the company’s goods by defense contractors.
“This [the arrest] is likely to rip up the Chinese government and exacerbate what is already an intense trade war between the US and China,” added Hendren, referring to a major tit-for -tat dispute between the world’s top two economies
This year, the Trump administration has imposed tariffs on a total of $ 250bn of Chinese imports. For its part, China has slapped tariffs on $ 110bn of US imports.
Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world’s number two smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year and has market leader Samsung in its sights.