The CFO of Chinese tech-giant Huawei was grabbed by authorities in Canada on December 1st, apparently at the request of the US. And it looks like she'll soon be extradited to the US.
It's not clear what charges she'll face in the US, or even that she'll face any at all. Everyone is pretty tight-lipped about this. But China sure-as-shit ain't happy, though it's amusing to see China scream "human rights violation!," given it's own history with nabbing foreigners.
Influential state media linked to China's ruling Communist Party on Friday described Washington as a "despicable rogue" attempting to "stifle" China's global rise by arranging for the arrest of a top executive at one of its major technology firms.
The Global Times, an English-language tabloid published by China's Communist Party, said the incident illustrated a "U.S. tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China's high-tech enterprises." The paper noted that there was strong opposition to Meng's arrest by China's Embassy in Canada, which called her detention a "gross violation of human rights." It alleged that President Donald Trump's administration was maliciously "taking aim at the tech giant's global market in the name of the law."
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A second Canadian has been detained in China on accusations of harming national security, as tension continues between the two countries.
It was confirmed on Thursday that Michael Spavor, a businessman, had been detained in addition to former diplomat Michael Kovrig.
It would be funny, if this wasn't putting people's lives in jeopardy. China--the most populated country on the planet with the second largest GDP--is freaking out because one of its citizen's has been taken into custody and may end up in the US to face possible charges in court.
You know what? I'm okay with China's reaction in isolation, because it's what governments are supposed to do: look out for their citizens and not allow other governments to pull these kinds of stunts.
But in context, China's response is bullshit. Because its government pulls this shit all the time, and does other things like stealing drones in international waters, and other countries take it, all the damn time.
A Huawei executive has been arrested in Poland on charges of spying for China.
Poland's counterintelligence service confirmed on Friday that a Chinese citizen suspected of spying had been arrested. Polish state media identified the suspect as Huawei's sales director in the country.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges Monday against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of China tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder and president Ren Zhengfei.
The Justice Department also announced charges Monday against Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile. The charges stem from a civil trade secrets lawsuit filed by T-Mobile in 2014 over a robot called "Tappy," which was used in testing smartphones.
The U.S. Eastern District office alleges Meng, the company and a Hong Kong-based subsidiary called Skycom Technologies committed wire fraud, obstructed justice, conspired to launder money and violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by doing business with sanctioned Iran.
Huawei and Meng allegedly committed fraud by lying to banks, misrepresenting their relationship with Skycom and whether they were improperly transferring U.S. technology assets and money between Iran and the company. It is illegal for banks to knowingly allow financial transfers that involve countries sanctioned under IEEPA.
There are more details in the above piece. Looks like Justice has this fairly well locked down.
It really is an hilarious read, all for the sake of a robot arm. Huawei says it settled with T-Mobile, and if that's true, one has to think that the settlement was far more expensive than either finding a way to license "Tappy," or to just development something similar.
Anyway, I can't imagine Canada will refuse extradition.