Russian Federation says detention of China’s Huawei CFO shows United States arrogance

Blanche Robertson
December 8, 2018

She now faces extradition to the US on charges of trying to evade USA sanctions on Iran.

A prosecutor for the Canadian government urged the court not to grant bail, saying the charges against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer (CFO) for Chinese telecom giant Huawei, involve U.S. allegations that Huawei used a sham shell company to access the Iran market in dealings that contravene United States sanctions.

A lawyer for Meng denied the allegations, called the charges against her "preposterous", and urged the court to release her on bail.

The news of Meng's arrest has roiled global stock markets on fears it could escalate a trade war between the USA and China after a truce was agreed last week between President Trump and China's leader Xi Jinping.

Meng faces charges of fraud in the USA for allegedly misrepresenting Huawei's relationship with Hong Kong-based Skycom, according to evidence read in court on Friday. While there is some fear that the arrest could hurt talks between the USA and China to end the current trade war between the two countries, Canadian prosecutors have called Ming a flight risk and have requested that the court place her in a detention center.

Freeland highlighted McCallum's elevated diplomatic status as a former Liberal cabinet minister, and characterized his conversation with the Chinese as positive.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the detention of Chinese technology giant Huawei's HWT.UL chief financial officer in Canada was an example of "arrogant" US policy overseas.

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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau told reporters on December 6 that he had been informed of the arrest a few days ahead of it taking place.

We'll soon know if the Canadian courts are amenable to that argument.

Huawei is the most prestigious tech company in China and was founded by Meng's father, Ren Zhengfei.

Among other things, it is working with Telus and Bell Canada to develop equipment for fifth-generation wireless networks that are expected to transform telecommunications around the world over the next decade or more.

Asked this week about a possible Canadian ban on Huawei, Trudeau said he would defer to the advice of his intelligence agencies.

"In particular, CSIS has seen a trend of state-sponsored espionage in fields that are crucial to Canada's ability to build and sustain a prosperous, knowledge-based economy", he added.

It's a case that could have potentially major implications for our country's relationship with China, and we're now finding out why the CFO of Huawei is wanted by the United States.

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