Senior Huawei executive arrested in Canada

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Massey University, which partnered with Huawei to upgrade wireless infrastructure, says its watching developments closely.

The worldwide chief financial officer of Huawei has been arrested in Vancouver by Canadian authorities over allegations that she has violated United States trade embargo against Iran.

Meng Wanzhou's detention comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by United States intelligence officials, who deemed the company a national security threat. If Meng has been arrested for violating these restrictions, then this would mark the start of another significant technology export regulation case for the US.

"The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the United States and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou".

David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said USA and Canadian business executives could face reprisals in China.

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The woman was apprehended on Saturday and is awaiting the bail hearing scheduled for Friday, Canada's Department of Justice spokesman Ian McLeod told The Globe and Mail. He added that the publication ban was sought by Meng.

The U.S.is anxious about the extent to which Chinese-made equipment is used in the telecommunications sectors of countries that host American military bases.

According to The Wall Street Journal, since 2016, USA prosecutors have been examining whether Huawei broke U.S. trade embargoes to Iran.

News of the arrest came on the same day that BT announced it would be removing Huawei-manufactured equipment from its 3G and 4G mobile networks.

Meng, 41, was tipped by some mainland China media as a leading contender to succeed her father, Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei to take the helm of the telecom giant.

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Australia and New Zealand have already turned down Huawei's offer to supply 5G equipment to telecommunication companies, citing security risks.

The investigation, launched by the Justice Department in 2016, alleges that Huawei had been shipping US origin products to Iran and the other countries in violation of USA export and sanction laws.

Huawei, the world's biggest network equipment maker ahead of Ericsson and Nokia, has said Beijing has no influence over its operations.

American lawmakers have claimed, without evidence, that Huawei passed sensitive information collected by its equipment to the Chinese government.

We'll update you as this story continues.

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