Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Russian Federation says detention of China’s Huawei CFO shows U.S. arrogance

Chinese Tech Exec Faces 30 Years in Prison in U.S., Canadian Prosecutor Says Huawei exec faces US fraud charges linked to Iran, court hears
Steven Clarke | 08 December, 2018, 00:32

A prosecutor for the Canadian government says the chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei has incentive to flee Canada because she faces charges in the USA of up to 30 years in prison.

The prosecutor said she is accused of fraud.

The Crown says Meng is alleged to have said Huawei and Skycom were separate and she allegedly lied to an executive of an unnamed financial institution, which it asserts put the institution at risk.

She was arrested at the Vancouver airport on Saturday after a request by the United States.

Her appearance at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver is a prelude to an extradition process that could take months.

Chinese state media have slammed Meng's detention, accusing the USA of trying to "stifle" Huawei and curb its global expansion.

Earlier on Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said neither Canada nor the U.S. provided China any evidence that Meng had broken any law in the two countries, and demanded her release. "The United States is encouraging western allies to essentially push Huawei out of the emerging 5G network, and my personal view is that is something that western countries should be doing in terms of our own long-term security issues".

In a statement on Wednesday, Huawei said "the company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng". Trudeau said at the time that he had not been in contact with China or its ambassadors about the case, CBC reported.

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"Obviously, Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue's approach as it can not stop Huawei's 5G advance in the market", it went on. All security costs would be borne by her. The U.S. has requested that the 46-year old executive be extradited to the United States.

McCallum was clear that Chinese consular officials will have access to Meng "just as we seek consular access for detained Canadians around the world, including in China".

China, meanwhile, has officially demanded Meng's release.

"I can assure everyone that we are a country (with) an independent judiciary", Trudeau told a tech conference in Montreal.

The company faces being shut out of Australia, New Zealand and U.S. 5G rollouts, and British telecom group BT revealed on Wednesday it was removing Huawei equipment from its core cellular network.

Earlier this week, Canadian officials said Ottawa was continuing to review Huawei's technology for use in upcoming fifth generation networks.

The five nations together form the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance.

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