U.S. Orders Arrest of Chinese Telecom Exec on Canadian Soil

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The Chief Financial Officer of Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei was arrested in a Vancouver airport during a flight change Sunday, at the behest of the U.S. The bail hearing is set for today for Meng Wanzhou, daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, reported The Globe and Mail. She faces extradition to the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Department is investigating whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran. The DOJ declined to comment.

Huawei has faced increased scrutiny in the U.S. and other countries, as lawmakers and security experts warned of potential national security risks from using Huawei products. The U.S. is concerned the Chinese government could be using Huawei’s networking technology to spy on Americans, which the company denies.

The Pentagon in May, ordered stores on American military bases to stop selling smartphones made by Huawei and Chinese rival ZTE. The Trump administration urged America’s allies to stop using Huawei telecommunications equipment because the Chinese company poses a security threat, Inside Towers reported.

Recently, New Zealand and Australia prevented telecommunications companies from using Huawei equipment for their 5G mobile networks. UK telecom BT said Wednesday, it would not buy equipment from Huawei for its 5G network core, according to CNN. The company also said it would remove existing Huawei technology from the core of its 4G network within two years. Comments? Email us.

December 7, 2018

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