Canada arrests Huawei global CFO in Vancouver

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Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou has been detained by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States government, reportedly on suspicion that she violated United States trade sanctions with Iran.

"Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1", Ian McLeod, a Canadian Justice Department spokesman said in an emailed reply to questions.

"The company believes the Canadian and USA legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion", the statement said.

The ministry added it could not provide further details due to a publication ban that was sought by Meng.

"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng", the statement said.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that US authorities are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.

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Meng, the 46-year-old daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, has previously been suspected of involvement in Huawei's alleged ties to Iran.

The arrest was at the request of U.S. authorities.

Reuters reported in 2013 that Ms. Meng served on the board of a Hong Kong-based Skycom Tech Co.

The Globe and Mail reported earlier Wednesday that she was arrested on suspicion of violating USA trade sanctions on Iran. Meng...to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of NY, when she was transferring flights in Canada.

USA authorities are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.

The arrest comes amid a trade war between the U.S. and China.

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The US imposed harsher sanctions on Iran earlier this year, as the Trump administration looked to restrict worldwide business with the Iranian government.

For the same reason, Australia's government blocked China's telecom giant Huawei from its 5G mobile network last summer.

One of Huawei's top executives was arrested in Canada today, but the move was reportedly made at the request of the U.S. government.

Last week, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) rejected a deal for Huawei to provide 5G equipment to Spark.

The report said existing Huawei equipment at the firm's current 3G and 4G networks would also be removed.

Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

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