Beijing on Wednesday (Dec 6) protested the arrest in Canada of Chinese national Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of global telecommunications giant Huawei, and urged her immediate release as she faces extradition to the United States.
The Canadian Justice Department arrested Wanzhou Meng in Vancouver on Saturday and U.S. officials want Canada to extradite her, agency representative Ian McLeod said in an email sent to Business Insider.
Meng Wanzhou 'was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, ' a statement says. "The ban was sought by Ms. Meng", McLeod added.
Meanwhile unconfirmed reports surfaced in April that the USA was investigating Huawei for possibly violating Iran export bans, a scenario that got fellow Chinese firm ZTE into significant trouble earlier this year. Ms. Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, serves as the company's CFO and deputy chairwoman.
A Huawei spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
In April, China appealed to Washington to avoid damaging business confidence following the Wall Street Journal report that USA authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran amid spiraling technology tensions. Meng adopted her mother's surname.
USA authorities have suspected Huawei's alleged involvement in Iranian sanctions violations since at least 2016, when the US investigated ZTE Corp., Huawei's smaller Chinese rival, over similar violations.
The arrest is related to violations of United States sanctions, a person familiar with the matter said.
The US imposed harsher sanctions on Iran earlier this year, as the Trump administration looked to restrict global business with the Iranian government.
One of Huawei's top executives was arrested in Canada today, but the move was reportedly made at the request of the USA government.
Reuters quoted Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecommunications network equipment and the number three smartphone supplier, as saying that it complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates.
In August, U.S. president Donald Trump signed an act to ban the use of Huawei components or services that are "essential" or "critical" to the systems they are used.
BT was also removing Huawei equipment from its existing 3G and 4G networks.
Last week, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) rejected a deal for Huawei to provide 5G equipment to Spark.
Skycom was described by Huawei as one of its "major local partners", although the Chinese company said neither it nor Skycom ultimately provided the HP equipment.