Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of a Chinese tech company, was just apprehended in Canada. According to initial reports, she was taken into police custody at the request of the United States. Now, she faces extradition to the U.S. amid geopolitical tensions with China.
Details about the pending charges against Wanzhou remain unclear due to a publication ban requested by the suspect. A bail hearing is scheduled to occur on December 7th. Some American politicians are speculating that Wanzhou’s arrest may be related to recent U.S. sanctions against Iran. According to Republican Senator Ben Sasse, China and its tech companies have been “working creatively to undermine our national security interests.” He further made the connection to recent sanctions by thanking the Canadian government for taking the suspect into custody for “breaking U.S. sanctions against Iran.”
Wanzhou’s company, Huawei, has been under investigation recently under the suspicion that they may be intentionally breaking American trade controls. Countries that were involved in such supposed illegal deals include Syria, Iran, Sudan and Cuba. The Justice Department has reportedly been investigating Huawei specifically for violating economic sanctions against Iran, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
In response to the arrest of Wanzhou, the Chinese embassy in Canada released a statement. They explain, “the Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions.” The embassy urged the Canadian government to restore freedom to the suspect and release her from custody. The United States Justice Department and White House has not yet commented on the suspect’s detention.