The Chinese government has demanded the immediate release of telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was detained in Canada. But critics say Meng’s arrest in the west would give her the best opportunity to save her life from cruelty of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Chinese state media Xinhua reported yesterday Chinese tech giant Huawei on Thursday denied any wrongdoing by its corporate CFO Meng Wanzhou after she was provisionally detained by the Canadian Authorities.
Huawei said in a statement that the company complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, and believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada said that it resolutely opposes Meng’s arrest and demands her immediate release.
“The Canadian police, at the request of the United States, arrested a Chinese citizen who had not violated any U.S. or Canadian law,” the embassy said in a short statement on its website.
Observers have found out that Ms Meng holds a Canadian passport or maybe a US passport as well. She is no longer a Chinese citizen.
According to a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, “”We have made solemn representations to Canada and the US, demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person’s legal rights.”
Meng was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December, but the news was not made public at her request, according to local media. Ms Meng has sought a publication ban on the details of the arrest, which has been granted by the courts, said BBC.
Canada’s ministry of justice confirmed the date and place of Ms Meng’s arrest and added: “She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.”
The Case of Ms Meng has struck the nerves of the CCP
The arrest of 46-year-old Meng Wanzhou, also called Sabrina Meng, hits headlines in the world media yesterday and is most talked about among Chinese.
Meng is deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of Huawei founder, besides acting as chief financial officer.
Huawei was founded in 1987 in Shenzhen by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Although Huawei is registered as a private business, it has been run as a state-owned enterprise. No one in China has any doubt about its CCP background.
It is believed that Ms Meng is a key decision maker within Huawei and she knows too much about CCP’s intelligence network overseas besides Huawei’s interests in the telecommunication sector.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that US authorities are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.
Asked about the report that Huawei was under investigation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokewoman Hua Chunying said in April, “We hope the US will refrain from taking actions that could further undermine investor confidence in the US business environment and harm its domestic economy and normal, open, transparent and win-win international trade.”
That same month Washington barred Huawei rival ZTE Corp. from exporting US technology in a separate case over exports to Iran and North Korea.
“Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. That is widely seen as part of a broader effort by Washington to respond to intensifying competition with Chinese technology industries that Trump says benefit from improper subsidies and market barriers”, Associated Press has reported.
According to the Globe and Mail, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, lauded Canada for the arrest of Ms. Meng and once again urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bar Huawei from 5G technology.
“Huawei has direct ties to the Chinese government and Communist Party, has long posed a serious risk to U.S. national security, and I continue to strongly urge Canada to reconsider Huawei’s inclusion in any aspect of its 5G development, introduction, and maintenance,” Mr. Rubio said in a statement to The Globe.
Mr. Rubio and Democratic Senator Mark Warner wrote to Mr. Trudeau in October to caution that failure to ban Huawei could interfere with intelligence sharing and impair cross-border co-operation in telecommunications.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate armed services and banking committees, also praised Canada for the arrest and criticized Huawei as an agent of China’s ruling party.
“China is working creatively to undermine our national security interests, and the United States and our allies can’t sit on the sidelines,” Mr. Sasse said. “Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the Chief Financial Officer of a giant Chinese telecom company for breaking U.S. sanctions against Iran.”
Some Western governments fear Beijing will gain access to fifth-generation (5G) mobile and other communications networks through Huawei and expand its spying ability, although the firm insists there is no government control. Australia and New Zealand have blocked Huawei in its 5G ambition and UK is likely to follow suit.
The detention of Ms Meng and the truth behind Huawei’s overseas expansion have touched the nerves of the Chinese Communist Party. But Beijing, in a weaker position to bring her back, can do nothing but have its foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying to say that “China opposes any country imposing unilateral sanctions based on its own law.”
Critics have said the arrest of Ms Meng in Canada and possible protection later by the US government will be a blessing for the life of Huawei’s future key holder. If she ends up in the hands of CCP and its dark prison after detection of her attempts to run away to the west, her life will be more tragic than that of former HNA chairman Wang Jian who “died mysteriously of fall while taking photos in France.”
Miles Kwok tweeted yesterday, “The daughter of Ren Zhengfei, 90% possibility, will not be extradited to the US. Because this is the US strategy, and also the reality. Don’t underestimate CCP’s BGY power influence in the US!”
By Cloudy Seagail