What we know about the arrest of Huawei’s CFO
Cybersecurity experts urging Canada to limit company’s role in high-tech development
News broke Wednesday that one of the most prominent executives with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei had been arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver.
The explosive announcement of Wanzhou Meng’s arrest follows repeated warnings from cybersecurity experts, who are urging Canada to follow other countries in limiting the company’s role in the development of hightech communications.
Political observers are expressing concern in the media that the arrest could damage relations between the United States and China as well as between Canada and China.
Starmetro will continue to update this file as the story develops.
WHAT WE KNOW Who was arrested: Meng was taken into custody while transferring planes in Vancouver on Dec. 1. The request came from authorities in New York. Meng is listed as the deputy chairperson and chief financial officer of Huawei and is the daughter of Zhengfei Ren, the founder of the company. In a statement, Huawei said the United States is seeking the extradition of Meng to face unknown charges stemming from the Eastern District of New York. According to the Extradition Act, a person must be facing charges for an offence considered criminal in both Canada and the country seeking extradition.
The Chinese embassy is outraged: China’s embassy in Ottawa issued a statement shortly after news of the arrest broke, accusing Canada and the United States of violating Meng’s human rights and calling for the “personal freedom” of Meng to be restored. The embassy insisted on Meng’s innocence, though the charges are unspecified.
Huawei is no stranger to controversy: The telecommunications giant has been banned from participating in the development of 5G networks in Australia and the United States, and the BBC reported earlier this week that the United Kingdom has limited the company’s access to its 5G networks.
The Chinese embassy is calling for Wanzhou Meng’s personal freedom to be restored.