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According to a statement obtained by the Richmond News from the Department of Justice Canada, Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.

Huawei issued a statement saying Meng was changing flights in Canada when she was detained "on behalf of the United States of America" to face "unspecified charges" in NY.

"We are a country of an independent judiciary, and the appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference".

China's embassy in Canada has said it "opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim", which will raise more than a few eyebrows, given China's horrendous track record with human rights.

A Chinese statement said Meng did not break any US or Canadian laws and that Beijing expected Canada to "immediately correct the mistake" and release her from custody.

The arrest came the same day as Trump's self-described "extraordinary" meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Argentina, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit.

Priscilla Moriuchi, a former East Asia specialist at National Security Agency now with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, said both ZTE and Huawei are wedded to China's military and political leadership.

After the CFO of China-based global tech giant Huawei Technologies was arrested in Vancouver this past week, the Chinese government is now demanding she be released.

Companies are barred from using the USA financial system to funnel goods and services to sanctioned entities.

Huawei has said it complies with all applicable export control and sanctions laws and US and other regulations.

A spokesman for the United States justice department in the Eastern District of NY - which Huawei said had brought the charges - declined to comment. But the Wall Street Journal reported in April that US authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran, leading the Chinese government to appeal to Washington to avoid any steps that might have damaged business confidence.

Smartphones have become another key business in recent years, pitting it against Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics in the highly competitive market.

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A long list of prominent current and former officials gathered inside the rotunda to pay their respects. Bush . "President Bush is the first president I ever voted for", said Carrie Hutchman of Mariana, Ohio.

"You can play hardball with a small country but you can't do it with the USA", he said.

Huawei Technologies, launched in 1987 in Shenzhen China, has been the largest telecommunication equipment producer in the world since 2012.

Traders said the development smashed hopes surrounding the trade war ceasefire announced by President Trump after talks with his Chinese counterpart at the weekend.

Earlier this year, the United States said ZTE made false statements about disciplining some executives responsible for the violations and banned US firms from selling parts and software to the company. Chinese officials have demanded her immediate release. The Globe and Mail newspaper cited law enforcement sources as saying she is suspected of trying to evade US curbs on trade with Iran. The Justice Department is seeking Meng's extradition, according to a White House official.

The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, said she is accused of trying to evade US curbs on trade with Iran.

Several other past and present Skycom directors appear to have connections to Huawei.

Faced with this explosive report, Huawei first denied the story, calling the report "unfounded".

"China has the means, opportunity, and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes", a government report said.

Moreover, the U.S. is advising the countries to bare from using Huawei apparatus to introduce new telecommunication technologies.

Aaron David Miller, a vice president at the Wilson Center, said the clash of priorities - squeezing Iran on one hand and reaching a trade agreement with China on the other - was likely accidental.

In exchange, ZTE agreed to pay a hefty US$1 billion (RM4.17 billion) fine and put an additional US$400 million in escrow in case of future violations.

Other nations are increasingly being forced to choose between Chinese and US suppliers for next-generation "5G" wireless technology.


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