Huawei CFO arrested in Vancouver as U.S. seeks her extradition

Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng arrested in Vancouver, faces extradition to U.S.

Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod says in an email that Wanzhou Meng was arrested Saturday.

However, Trump's administration has been cracking down on Chinese involvement in the American tech sphere, including with draft legislation barring the sale of national security-sensitive technology to China and blocking government or contractors from buying telecommunications equipment and services from both Huawei and ZTE.

It comes amid deepening suspicions of Huawei in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

But the Globe and Mail newspaper reported she is facing extradition to the United States on suspicion of violating USA sanctions against Iran.

The investigation, launched by the Justice Department in 2016, alleges that Huawei had been shipping US origin products to Iran and the other countries in violation of USA export and sanction laws.

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Wanzhou, the deputy chair at the company and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on 1 December in Vancouver at the request of USA authorities.

The U.S. Justice Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

'The ban was sought by Ms. Meng'.

Huawei New Zealand deputy chief executive Andrew Bowater said regarding the developments in Britain, that BT had inherited its mobile networks that contained Huawei equipment at their core as a result of its acquisition of mobile operator EE in 2016. The U.S. previously banned ZTE, a Huawei competitor, for violating similar sanctions.

In 2016, the Commerce Department sought information in regards to Huawei possibly sending US technology to Syria and North Korea as well.

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News of the probe broke in April 2018 when it was reported by the Wall Street Journal.

American officials have talked to their counterparts in Germany, Italy, and Japan - countries where Huawei products are widely used.

In May, the Pentagon banned the sale of Huawei phones on military bases.

The move has been taken with a greater sense of urgency since internet providers are gearing up to purchase massive amounts of hardware for the much-anticipated 5G upgrade. It surpassed Apple in smartphone sales in the second quarter of this year, leaving it behind only market leader Samsung.

In 2017, ZTE pleaded guilty in US federal court to evading USA embargoes on Iran, by buying American tech parts, incorporating them into ZTE equipment, then illegally shipping them to Iran.

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