FAST FACTS ABOUT THE AR­REST OF A CHI­NESE TECH EX­EC­U­TIVE

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WHAT’S HAP­PEN­ING

A top ex­ec­u­tive with Chi­nese elec­tron­ics gi­ant Huawei faces a bail hear­ing. The U.S. wants Canada to ex­tra­dite Meng Wanzhou, the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Huawei Technologies. She was de­tained Dec. 1 while chang­ing planes in Van­cou­ver. U.S. au­thor­i­ties al­lege Huawei used a Hong Kong shell com­pany to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran. China is pres­sur­ing both the U.S. and Canada over her ar­rest. Their am­bas­sadors in Bei­jing were sum­moned by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment over the week­end, and an ed­i­to­rial in China’s Com­mu­nist Party news­pa­per called her treat­ment “in­hu­mane.”

WHY HUAWEI?

Huawei is the big­gest global sup­plier of net­work gear for phone and in­ter­net com­pa­nies. It has be­come the tar­get of U.S. se­cu­rity con­cerns be­cause of its ties to the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment. The U.S. has pres­sured other coun­tries to limit use of its tech­nol­ogy, warn­ing they could be open­ing them­selves up to sur­veil­lance and theft of in­for­ma­tion. The U.S. sees Huawei and smaller Chi­nese tech sup­pli­ers as pos­si­ble fronts for spy­ing and as com­mer­cial com­peti­tors.

WHAT’S NEXT

The hear­ing on whether to re­lease Meng on bail started last week. Cana­dian pros­e­cu­tor John Gibb-Cars­ley asked the court to re­ject Meng’s bail re­quest and Jus­tice Wil­liam Ehrcke said he would think about pro­posed bail con­di­tions over the week­end. China’s vice for­eign min­is­ter de­manded that Meng’s ar­rest war­rant be va­cated and warned both Canada and the U.S. that Bei­jing will take steps based on their re­sponses. Of­fi­cials did not spec­ify what those steps might be, but Bri­tish Co­lum­bia has al­ready can­celed a trade mis­sion to China amid fears China could de­tain Cana­di­ans in re­tal­i­a­tion. Re­tal­i­a­tion against U.S. or Cana­dian busi­nesses in China is also pos­si­ble. Huawei said in a state­ment that “We have ev­ery con­fi­dence that the Cana­dian and U.S. le­gal sys­tems will reach the right con­clu­sion.”

THE BACK­DROP

The ar­rest took place as China and the U.S., the world’s two largest economies, try to re­solve es­ca­lat­ing trade ten­sions. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has agreed to post­pone U.S. tar­iff in­creases for 90 days while the two sides ne­go­ti­ate. China and the U.S. say Meng’s ar­rest will not af­fect trade talks.

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