Who is Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO arrested in Vancouver?

Marsha Scott
December 8, 2018

A Canadian prosecutor told a Vancouver court on Friday that the United States asked Canada to arrest Meng because the USA alleges she violated sanctions on Iran.

Meng's lawyer, David Martin, disputed the prosecutor's call to deny bail, saying: "The fact a person has worked hard and has extraordinary resources can not be a factor that would exclude them from bail".

Meng faces charges of fraud in the United States for allegedly misrepresenting Huawei's relationship with Hong Kong-based Skycom, according to evidence read in court on Friday.

After the arrest of Huawei Technologies CFO Wanzhou Meng in Vancouver this past week, reasons for her arrest have now been brought to light. In a statement reported by the Post, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry called the detention a human rights violation.

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

The Japanese newspaper said that the changes to procurement rules could come as soon as Monday and noted that the decision followed a similar move from the United States, as well as Washington's urging that its allies follow suit.

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After telling a radio station that he knew of the arrest plan before the operation took place, while also declining to state whether Trump was himself aware when he met Xi, Bolton went on to accuse Chinese companies of engaging in intellectual-property theft and forced technology transfers from USA firms.

The European Union and its citizens should be "worried" about telecoms giant Huawei and other Chinese firms that cooperate with Beijing's intelligence services, a senior EU official warned yesterday. "They have had a good conversation with John".

The White House did not specify why she was detained but mentioned longstanding U.S. concerns over Chinese firms using stolen intellectual property and how Beijing acquires information technology.

Her legal team countered that Ms. Meng would never "lose face" by embarrassing the company founded by her father and that she was willing to give up both her Chinese and Hong Kong passports as well as submit to high-level surveillance.

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. This is also believed to have helped Huawei "circumvent USA sanctions by telling financial institutions that a Huawei subsidiary was a separate company".

Huawei´s affordable smartphones have made strong inroads in the developing world, but the company has faced repeated setbacks in major Western economies over security concerns. SkyCom´s alleged sanctions breaches occurred from 2009 to 2014, while Meng´s alleged fraudulent misrepresentations were in 2013. That information was passed on to federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of NY, the Journal report said. "I'm talking about areas such as A.I., quantum technology, 5G, biopharma, and clean tech". Several of HSBC's risk committees relied, at least in part, on this presentation and continued servicing Huawei, according to court documents.

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