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U.S. will seek extradition of Huawei CFO from Canada

 

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FILE PHOTO: Meng Wanzhou, Executive Board Director of the Chinese technology giant Huawei, attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling!" in Moscow, Russia October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Bibik/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON/DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it will pursue the extradition of the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's [HWT.UL], arrested in Canada in December.

 

The United States has accused Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou of misrepresenting the company's links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite U.S. sanctions. The arrest soured relations between Canada and China, with China subsequently detaining two Canadian citizens and sentencing a third to death.

 

The U.S. statement came a day after a report that Canada's ambassador to the United States said the Canadian government was told that Washington planned to proceed.

 

"We will continue to pursue the extradition of defendant Ms. Meng Wanzhou, and will meet all deadlines set by the U.S./Canada Extradition Treaty," Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said in a statement. "We greatly appreciate Canada's continuing support of our mutual efforts to enforce the rule of law."

 

Huawei Chairman Liang Hua told media at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier on Tuesday that the company was following the issue closely and wanted a quick resolution of the case, but had no direct contact with authorities.

 

The United States must file a formal request for extradition by Jan. 30. Once a formal request is received, a Canadian court has 30 days to determine whether there is enough evidence to support extradition and the Canadian minister of justice must issue a formal order.

 

Canada has not asked the United States to abandon its bid to have Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradited, Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

 

Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces U.S.-led allegations that its devices present a national security risk. Huawei says such concerns are unfounded.

 

In an article on Monday, a former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spy agency said Canada should ban Huawei from supplying equipment to its 5G networks. China's ambassador has threatened repercussions if Ottawa blocks Huawei.

 

"We've talked about it with Germany because we have a good relationship with Germany and our European partners generally, and Germany is having some deliberations of its own too," Freeland said on Tuesday, regarding possibly restricting Huawei's access to 5G networks.

 

The German government is debating whether to follow the United States and allies like Australia in restricting Huawei from accessing its next-generation mobile networks, business daily Handelsblatt reported last week.

 

Huawei will allow foreign officials to visit its labs, Liang said on Tuesday.

 

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld, Allison Martell in Toronto, Soyoung Kim and Leika Kihara in Davos; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

 

 

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37 minutes ago, high plane drifter said:

It is certainly open to discussion as to what extent the US animosity to Huawei is driven by the wish to force third countries follow the sanctions which they have imposed on Iran, (in itself a questionable policy!) and to what extent they wish to ensure that the next great leap in communications technology (which is going to be very lucrative) is led by the US and not China.

   Sorry to tell you that  China is ahead with communications not U.S. I am in China right now...

Don't be sorry, I am not in the slightest bit surprised. I was rather suggesting that just perhaps, actions against Huawei may be a rather clumsy attempt to reduce that lead, by 'persuading" countries not to trade with Chinese technology companies because they "trade with Iran"

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China will sacrifice her like sacrificing a million soldiers in the 1952 Korean war.    

One of Chairman Mao's son died in the war.  

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They could drop an apple on her head to test the gravity of the situation🤔 

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This will be as fun as watching A Game of Thrones.  :thumbsup:  A nuclear Winter is Coming!

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