28 December 2018
Canadian authorities have arrested Huawei founder's daughter and company CFO Meng Wanzhou for possible extradition to the United States.
Chinese authorities have demanded her immediate release and have also warned that American and Canadian executives may see retaliation by the Chinese.
Huawei has issued a statement revealing that Meng was changing flights in Canada when she was detained ``on behalf of the United States of America'' to face ``unspecified charges'' in New York.
`The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,'' the statement said.
Huawei stated that it complies with all laws and rules where it operates, which also includes export controls and sanctions of the U.S., United Nations, and the European Union. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa has stated that by arresting Meng, Canadian authorities have violated her human rights and the embassy has demanded she be freed immediately.
``The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim,'' the statement said.
David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, stated that the U.S. and Canadian business executives could face reprisals in China due to Meng’s arrest.
``That's something we should be watching out for. It's a possibility. China's plays rough,'' Mulroney said. ``It's a prominent member of their society and it's a company that really embodies China's quest for global recognition as a technology power.''
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services and Banking committees, stated that Huawei is an agent of China's communist party. He appreciated Canada for the arrest and stated, ``Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the Chief Financial Officer of a giant Chinese telecom company for breaking U.S. sanctions against Iran.''