Huawei CFO ap­pears to have fam­ily ties in Van­cou­ver

Times Colonist - - Business - DER­RICK PEN­NER

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

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