China 'outrage' following Canadian arrest of Huawei CFO

Meng Wanzhou, the global chief financial officer of telecoms equipment Huawei, is facing extradition to the United States - reportedly to face charges of violating sanctions against Iran.

Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod says in an email that Meng was arrested Saturday, but further details can not be provided because a publication ban is in effect at her request.

A spokesman for the U.S. justice department in the Eastern District of NY - which Huawei said had brought the charges - declined to comment.

'The Canadian police, at the request of the United States, arrested a Chinese citizen who had not violated any USA or Canadian law, ' the embassy said in a short statement on its website.

Huawei, which overtook Apple as the world's number two smartphone maker this year, said it was unaware of any wrongdoing by Meng and was provided "very little information" about the charges.

In targeting Huawei, the U.S.is threatening one of the companies at the heart of Xi's long-term campaign to wrest the lead in future technologies and wean China off a reliance on foreign technology. "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.

The renewed jitters over the implications that Meng's arrest could have on US-China trade negotiations weighed on big exporters on Thursday.

Meng Wanzhou's detention comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by United States intelligence officials, who deemed the company a national security threat. ZTE, China's second-largest telecoms equipment maker, agreed to pay $1.4 billion in total fines to the USA after Washington slapped a ban in April on purchases of essential American components for seven years to punish the company for Iran sanctions violations.

-China trade talks, even after the arrest of a prominent Chinese tech executive that some fear could derail a trade truce between Washington and Beijing.

The Pentagon stopped offering Huawei's devices on USA military bases citing security concerns.


Several other past and present Skycom directors appear to have connections to Huawei.

US telecommunications firms fear that partnering with Huawei by allowing it to sell their smartphones would anger the federal government and jeopardize future contracts.

Meng's arrest also threatened to inflame disagreements over Iran and Trump's decision to break with other governments and re-impose sanctions over the country's nuclear development.

September 25: The DOJ arrested Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese national in the U.S. on a student visa, accusing him of working for China's Ministry of State Security in an attempt to contact engineers and scientists in the USA with Chinese backgrounds. The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment about the arrest.

Donald Trump last month reinstated all the United States sanctions on Iran that had been removed under a 2015 nuclear deal.

"Without any solid evidence, the Canadian and USA governments trampled on worldwide law by basically "kidnapping" Chinese citizen Meng", an official with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a Global Times op-ed.

USA government officials and industry executives have long harbored suspicions that Huawei works primarily for Chinese government interests.

Born in 1972, Ms Meng, who also goes by Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, is the chief financial officer of Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment supplier and the world's No. 2 seller of mobile phones.

Huawei, which generated $93 billion in revenue previous year, confirmed the arrest in a statement.


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