Huawei CFO appears to have family ties in Vancouver
Huawei chief financial officer Wanzhou Meng’s family appears to have connections to at least two pricey Vancouver homes including one in the exclusive Shaughnessy neighbourhood, property records show.
Meng, who also goes by the name Sabrina, was arrested by Canadian police while changing planes at Vancouver International Airport Dec. 1 on a warrant issued under the Extradition Act at the request of U.S. authorities.
The Vancouver houses, one on Matthews Avenue in Shaughnessy, the other on West 28th Avenue in Dunbar, are registered to Xiaozong Liu according to B.C. Land Title registry records, the same name as Meng’s husband, who is identified in Chinese media.
No one answered the door when Postmedia News visited the Dunbar home Thursday afternoon, but neighbourhood residents said they recognized Meng from media reports, though they did not want to talk on the record. The yard of the two-storey executive-style home on 28th Avenue is well kept, with decorative miniature lawn furniture out front.
Shutters were closed and drapes were drawn and a security camera monitored the front door.
Meng, 46, is deputy chairwoman of Huawei Technologies, one of China’s telecom giants and a family business founded in 1987 by her former military-engineer father Ren Zhengfei.
Chinese enterprises are often family businesses and family members take the best spots if they are qualified and interested, said Neil Abramson, a retired professor at Simon Fraser University.
Property documents list Meng’s husband, Liu, as owner of the home on 28th Avenue in Vancouver since 2009, when the home was purchased for $2.7 million. Records also show that Liu has owned the Matthews Avenue property since 2016, when it was purchased for $15 million