China demands Canada release Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver

Irving Hamilton
December 6, 2018

"Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the Chief Financial Officer of a giant Chinese telecom company for breaking United States sanctions against Iran", he said.

Chinese officials are demanding that Canada release Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer, who was arrested in Vancouver over the weekend and faces possible extradition to the United States.

She was detained by the Canadian authorities in Vancouver on Dec 1 while in transit and is facing an extradition request from the United States.

Huawei, for its part, has consistently denied accusations of spying, and responded to the arrest of Meng by saying it complies with "all applicable laws and regulations" where it operates.

But the damage had been done and the shockwaves rippled across Huawei with U.S. authorities launching a criminal investigation into alleged violations of sanctions on Iran.

But news of Ms Meng's detention spooked sentiment on Thursday. Huawei also recently surpassed Apple as the second biggest maker of cellphones after South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co.

That was until her shock arrest in Canada at the request of USA authorities on Wednesday, a move that has entangled her in the protracted diplomatic tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The U.S. has been investigating the alleged shipment of U.S. -made products to Iran in violation of U.S. laws since 2016. Chinese technology has been a particular bugbear for the US president, who has justified imposing tariffs on Chinese imports with allegations of intellectual property theft by Chinese companies.

The company's website also lists Meng as its deputy chairwoman and The Associated Press reports that she is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

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Both Huawei and ZTE Corp. have faced trouble with the US and other governments over dealings with Iran and fears the Chinese companies' equipment might be used for spying.

Huawei later said the HP equipment was ultimately not provided to Iran either by Huawei or Skycom, Reuters said.

While another Chinese tech company, ZTE, fell foul of the USA sanction regime, "no arrest was made back then", Yip added, reflecting the seriousness of the Huawei saga.

Add it up and this is a major escalation in whatever is going on with the China and US. Earlier this year, it was reported that Huawei continued to sell network equipment to the Persian Gulf nation despite Washington's punitive measures.

Markets had initially brightened after US and Chinese leaders agreed a temporary trade truce at a meeting on Saturday.

An editorial in the pro-government Global Times accused the US of "maliciously finding fault" with Huawei.

Huawei has managed to achieve significant global market share despite the fact that it is largely shut out of the American market. "Targeting Huawei through seeking the extradition of a top executive is a major move by the US government, whether coordinated or not".

American lawmakers have claimed, without evidence, that Huawei passed sensitive information collected by its equipment to the Chinese government. Huawei has denied the links.

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