China furious at Huawei executive's arrest in Canada

China furious at Huawei executive's arrest in Canada

China furious at Huawei executive's arrest in Canada

Meng, who also serves as deputy chair on the company's board and is the daughter of Huawei founder, was detained on 1 December in Vancouver over suspicions she violated U.S. sanctions against Iran, media reported. "We certainly don't inform the president on every one of them", Bolton said.

In the letter Huawei said it had "very little information" about the allegations against Meng, and the pressure the USA government was putting on a commercial company "through various means" was "a departure from the spirit of free economy and fair competition".

Meng Wanzhou faces extradition from Canada over allegations the global firm broke United States sanctions against Iran though a bail hearing was set for later on Friday.

But what exactly is Huawei and why does it seem like it's continually being targeted by foreign governments?

The detention of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions violations by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by U.S. intelligence officials who deemed the company a national security threat.

Huawei, for its part, said it was unaware of any wrongdoing on the part of its chief financial officer.

Meng's father, now 74, comes from rural roots, according to the Huawei website.

Cruz tweeted: "Huawei is a Communist Party spy agency thinly veiled as a telecom company".

"That could include tit-for-tat moves against Canadians, a motive that many, myself included, suspect to have been at the bottom of the 2014 arrest and imprisonment of Canadians Julia and Kevin Garratt".

What are the concerns with Huawei?

Both Huawei and ZTE have not only been barred from use by US government agencies and contractors; they have also been mostly locked out of the American market.

It was banned because the company was "likely subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law".

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia called Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei a "threat to our national security" and urged Canada to exclude Huawei equipment from its 5G mobile phone network.

Britain's BT Group is also removing Huawei equipment from its networks and Washington has taken a series of steps to restrict Huawei in the US.

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And perhaps more importantly, US officials have urged other countries to ban telecom companies from purchasing Huawei equipment. Wanzhou Meng , Huawei's chief financial officer, was arrested in Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada today.

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"The Chinese will absolutely interpret it as being directly connected", said Dean Cheng, a Heritage Foundation senior research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs.

She is the daughter of the company's founder and a member of the inner elite circle in that country - akin to royalty.

Why have some governments banned Huawei equipment?

Huawei, the world's biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies, has always been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services, whose cyber-spies are widely acknowledged as highly skilled.

Over the summer, Australia barred Huawei from providing 5G technology for wireless networks in the country over espionage fears. -Chinese tensions that threaten global economic growth. Though Ren owns only around 1.4 percent of the shares, employees say he has supreme leadership within the company, frequently communicating to staff scattered throughout the world via internal memos.

Should people be wary about using Huawei?

But its devices have come under scrutiny in the United States and elsewhere over spying fears.

But, he added, "from the Chinese perspective, this is going to be absolutely seen as part and parcel of our negotiating practice".

"So there is always a risk that Huawei will in certain circumstances be co-opted by the Chinese state to do things that it does not want to."
Top carriers Verizon Communications and AT&T pulled out of deals to distribute Huawei smartphones earlier this year.

In response to the article, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying dismissed the claims and suggested that "if they are really very anxious about Apple phones being bugged, then they can change to using Huawei", instead.

Canada's top cyber official said the country is prepared for possible retaliation from Beijing for the arrest of Huawei's CFO.

The arrest happened at about the same time that President Donald Trump dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires last Saturday (Dec 1) to discuss the trade war between the countries.

Ahead of a key U.S. jobs report on Friday, which was forecast to show steady but not spectacular hiring and wage growth, a report in the Wall Street Journal said the bank would take a "wait-and-see approach".

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