Canada arrests Huawei CFO on request of United States authorities

Michael Milano

The ministry added it could not provide further details due to a publication ban that was sought by Meng.

Ms. Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, serves as the company's CFO and deputy chairwoman. Meng adopted her mother's surname.

Both The Global And Mail and South China Morning Post previously reported that Meng had been arrested on suspicion of violating the US's trade sanctions on Iran.

Huawei has not responded to Global News' request for comment.

Back in April of this year, multiple reports described how United States authorities were investigating the possibility that Huawei had sold telecommunications equipment to Iran in violation of trade sanctions.

However, according to the Globe and Mail, she was arrested on suspicion she violated USA trade sanctions against Iran.

Wanzhou Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, was reportedly arrested in Canada on Saturday.

The arrest comes amid a trade war between the United States and China.

In June, Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported that U.S. lawmakers warned the Canadian government that Huawei posed a major cybersecurity risk. "The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

"While we lifted the ban on ZTE, the department will remain vigilant as we closely monitor ZTE's actions to ensure compliance with all USA laws and regulations", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said at the time.

GCSB Minister Andrew Little said the decision to turn down the overseas network provider was because the technology was too risky - not because the company is Chinese. Mark Warner conveyed "grave concerns" over the possibility that the Chinese government might be using Huawei equipment to spy on and interfere with foreign governments.

The Chinese telecommunications giant is now in partnership with Canadian universities across the country as well as companies such as Telus, with whom it is developing 5G networks in Canada. Most recently, the U.K.'s BT said it plans to remove Huawei equipment from its core network.

Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

The country has already been warned by United States senators against the use of Huawei in its telecommunications networks.

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