Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Arrested in Canada

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The statement went on to say how Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, "including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the United Nations, US and European Union".

Canadian authorities have arrested Huawei's chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng. American prosecutors are seeking to have her moved to the U.S. as it investigates whether the company broke trade sanctions against Iran.

The arrest, while notable, did not come out of the blue.

Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Wednesday that Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday.

He refused to provide any details on the circumstances of the Chinese executive's arrest, saying that she was "sought for extradition by the United States".

US prosecutors in NY have been investigating whether Huawei violated USA sanctions in relation to Iran.

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

Huawei is one of the largest makers of telecommunications network equipment in the world and is thought to have been shipping products from America to the Middle Eastern country since at least 2016. Its devices have come under scrutiny from USA authorities over spying fears, and the arrest of its CFO has the potential to further inflame tensions between the two countries amid a mounting trade war.

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Sources previously told Reuters that USA authorities had been investigating Huawei for allegedly shipping products to Iran in breach of United States sanctions.

Meng Wanzhou is also a vice-chair on Huawei's board of directors and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei's relationship with the USA just took a turn for the worse.

"The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion".

Huawei, for its part, has denied sharing information with the Chinese government, as has ZTE.

In 2011, the American government stopped Huawei from purchasing USA server technology company 3Leaf's assets, for national security reasons. BT still planned to use Huawei phone mast antennas and some other products from Huawei, it said.

New Zealand and Australia have stopped telecom operators using Huawei's equipment in new 5G networks because they are concerned about possible Chinese government involvement in their communications infrastructure.

Huawei itself has been increasingly on the rocks with the USA for the past year.