Canada arrests Huawei CFO; China demands release

Dec 06, 2018, 5:20 AM EST
Meng Wanzhou, Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's chief financial officer, was detained in Vancouver on December 1.
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Beijing has called on Canada to immediately release Meng Wanzhou, Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's chief financial officer, who was detained in Vancouver on December 1 and faces extradition to the U.S. over possible breach of sanctions against Iran.

Huawei has been on the radar of American agencies since 2016 for allegedly violating U.S. export and sanctions laws by shipping U.S.-origin products to Iran. Canada’s department of justice denied sharing the details related to the detention, citing a publication ban ordered by the court on Meng’s request, reports The Guardian.

The arrest coincides with a fragile phase in U.S.-China relationship, with the two sides locked in a trade war, imposing retaliatory duties of billions of dollars on each other’s goods, writes the BBC.

The development threatens to undo the gains made by a temporary 90-day truce between Washington and Beijing following a meeting between their leaders at the G20 summit last week. 

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