Canada has arrested Huawei chief financial officer Wanzhou Meng after her extradition was sought by the United States.
The FT reports that a bail hearing for Ms Meng, who was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday, has been set for Friday, Canadian officials said. No more details could be provided after a publication ban was sought by Ms Meng. Huawei said Ms Meng was detained by Canadian authorities on behalf of the US which seeks her extradition “to face unspecified charges” in the Eastern District of New York.
Both The Global And Mail and South China Morning Post previously reported that Meng had been arrested on suspicion of violating the US’s trade sanctions on Iran. She is reportedly the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.
The move comes against a backdrop of heightened tension over trade and technology between Beijing and Washington after US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed to a temporary truce to allow negotiators more time to work toward a deal.
The Guardian reports that BT has confirmed it is removing Huawei equipment from key areas of its 4G network as concerns are raised about the Chinese firm’s presence in critical telecoms infrastructure.
Governments in the US, New Zealand and Australia have already moved to block the use of Huawei’s equipment as part of the future rollout of 5G networks. Earlier this week the head of MI6 also suggested the UK needed to decide if it was “comfortable” with Chinese ownership of the technology being used.