Meng Wanzhou’s Detainment Causes Huge Storm
On December 1, 2018, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was detained by the Canadian authorities when she was transferring airplanes in Vancouver. According to the Canadian government, Meng Wanzhou was detained for violating US trade sanctions against Iran. The Canadian government, on behalf of the US government, imposed restrictions on her personal freedom. Amid ongoing trade conflicts between China and the United States, the solution of this unexpected event is no longer just a matter of Meng Wanzhou and Huawei.
In 2018, with the deepening of the Sino-US trade disputes, the US government’s attempts to contain Huawei for the last few years have reached a fever pitch. The US not only prevented Huawei from entering the US market on the grounds of security threats, but also called on its allies to boycott Huawei. A person close to the Chinese government’s decision-making body pointed out to Caijing’s reporter that the Meng Wanzhou case should be kept on a legal track as much as possible, and its politicization would not help Meng or Huawei.