According to reports, Huawei CFO and Vice President Wanzhou Meng were arrested in Canada at the request of the United States government for allegedly violating the United States' trade sanctions with Iran.
According to a report by The Globe and Mail, Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, is now facing extradition to the United States.
"Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1" The United States wanted him extradited, and side controls have been set for Friday, "Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said. The Globe and Mail.
"Because there is a publication ban in place, we cannot provide further details at this time. The ban was requested by Ms. Meng."
Huawei did not respond to requests for comment at the time of publication.
According to The Wall Street Journal, since 2016, US prosecutors have examined whether Huawei broke the U.S. trade embargo against Iran.
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The counterpart to Chinese tech giant ZTE was also removed from the U.S. trade blacklist early last year by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Industry and Security following the company's request to illegally export products to Iran. .
Earlier this year, ZTE received another export ban, with Chinese companies saying "the company's main operations have stopped." However, United States President Donald Trump said at the time that he would speak to the department about reversing this as personal assistance.
The Commerce Department lifted its ZTE export ban in mid-July after ZTE paid a fine.
"While we are lifting the ZTE ban, the department will remain vigilant because we monitor ZTE's actions to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations in the United States," Commerce Minister Wilbur Ross said at the time.
However, the Trump administration has cracked down on Chinese involvement in American technology, including by drafting a law that prohibits the sale of national security-sensitive technology to China and prevents the government or contractor from buying equipment and Huawei and ZTE telecommunications services.
The head of the CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence for the Senate Intelligence Committee also recommended in February that the United States not use products from ZTE and Huawei.
In July, Huawei wrote to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) arguing that the country should not miss out on its market-leading technology, noting that its exclusion would increase consumer costs for cellular services.
Huawei's comments came in response to the FCC's notice of the proposed regulation (NPRM) to protect the communication supply chain from national security threats through the FCC program.
The NPRM suggested that Universal Service Fund (USF) funds not be spent on "equipment or services of providers that pose national security threats to the integrity of communication networks or communication supply chains," with the FCC. including direct references to Huawei and ZTE.
Earlier that month, the Executive Branch also advised the FCC to deny China Mobile's entry into the United States' telecommunications industry, citing "substantial and unacceptable risks to United States law enforcement and the collection of foreign intelligence. "