Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada

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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46462858

The daughter of the founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and deputy chair, was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December.

Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

China's embassy in Canada protested at the arrest and demanded her release.

Huawei said it had little information about the charges and was "not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng".
US lawmakers have repeatedly accused the company of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government.

Reacting to the arrest, US Senator Ben Sasse told Associated Press that China was aggressively engaged in undermining US national security interests, often "using private sector entities".

"Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the chief financial officer," he added.
 

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Is this why my Huawei UPS' order never got into production?!?!

Schit was supposed to be on the docks yesterday....my clients are going apeschit, man.
 

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There's a risk of this going the ZTE way, where all their products are banned in the US. Would have pretty massive ramifications.
 

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Just when we thought there are a slight glimmer of hope to the end of the trade wars at the G20, now this lol, certainly feels like someone doesn't want a deal to be struck...
 

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There's a risk of this going the ZTE way, where all their products are banned in the US. Would have pretty massive ramifications.
I suspect this is exactly what some US businesses wants. Previously, just prior to PRISM being exposed, a big song and dance was made against Huawei, led by a certain US manufacturer of network equipment. Then PRISM happened, revealing the US manufacturer's kit in customs getting special firmware - exactly what was told to US congress was happening with Huawei. :unsure:
 

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What exactly was she doing in Canada? She knew she is playing with fire by going there and now got burned. #Stupid
 

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What exactly was she doing in Canada? She knew she is playing with fire by going there and now got burned. #Stupid
Transit flight apparently. Airports are not immune to arrests.

Edit: Flight was China to Mexico, for which there are no direct routes. More background: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...-case-against-huawei-cfo-rolls-into-next-week

Edit: Been living dangerously:
Meng was arrested in Vancouver at the behest of U.S. authorities. She was flying from Hong Kong to Mexico with a stop in the Canadian city. Meng spends two weeks a year in Vancouver, her family owns properties in the area, and she has a 16-year-old son at school in Boston.
Edit: Extradition from Canada may not be easy, since the offence must be a crime under the law in both countries: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...o-to-u-s-after-canada-arrest-could-take-years
 
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This case is amazingly complicated, and even involves MTNs subsidiary in Iran: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...cial-skycom-allegedly-used-to-break-sanctions

"Huawei used an unofficial subsidiary named Skycom to transact business in Iran for Iranian telecommunication companies," Crown attorney John Gibb-Carsley alleged in a Vancouver courtroom.

The U.S. alleges that Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, hid ties between Huawei and Skycom, according to Gibb-Carsley.
Skycom was part of Huawei’s company in Iran that worked on a contract with mobile operator MTN Irancell Telecommunications Services Co., according to a former employee who asked not to be identified discussing the private matter. Skycom contracts in Iran were in the local rial currency, whereas Huawei contracts were in U.S. dollars, the person said. In the past, Huawei had sold telecom equipment to MTN Irancell, Bloomberg has reported. Skycom was dissolved last year, according to Hong Kong filings.
 
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An article suggesting that Apple may be the target of a tit-for-tat by China: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46516662

On Tuesday, a Chinese court banned the sale of older iPhone models as part of a long-running patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Qualcomm. Most legal observers had expected China to reject Qualcomm’s request for an injunction.

There is no direct link between this action and the Huawei row. But taken against the backdrop of Ms Meng’s arrest, and ongoing tariff disputes, it’s being seen as a muscle-flexing display on the part of the Chinese.
[Wedbush] estimates 350m iPhones in use around the world are approaching the point when most people would want an upgrade, with around 70m of them in China.

"You’re talking about a quarter of the incremental growth over the next three to four years is going to come from China.”
Even without official intervention, the publicity hit Apple could suffer might make a dent in their Chinese revenues.

Outside court in Vancouver, members of the city’s Chinese community have made their feelings clear, holding “Free Meng” signs and telling reporters they feel the US is bullying Huawei and, by extension, China.
 
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She has been granted bail, though under very strict conditions. Trump also gets involved: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46533971

Justice William Ehrcke in Vancouver set bail for Ms Meng at C$10m (£6m; $7.4m).

Of that, C$7m must be provided in cash with C$3m in collateral.

The judge said that she would be under surveillance 24 hours a day and must wear an electronic ankle tag. She will be unable to go out between 2300 and 0600 and must surrender all passports and travel documents.
The judge ordered her to reappear in court on 6 February.
 

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Lots of hypocrisy here. How do the Chinese do any more spying than Google or Facebook? Either it is wrong for everyone or it is just the new normal.
You are missing the point completely. It’s not about spying being right or wrong. It’s about jurisdiction: Only Americans can spy on Americans. If wondering about South Africans, nobody cares. ;)
 
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