Huawei Case Continues to Escalate Fight Between US and China

Published on December 20, 2018

As the US and China work to come to an agreement regarding trade, one CFO is posing a threat to the potential of there being any solution. The Huawei case has shaken up international trade involving the US and China since its CFO, Meng Wanzhou was arrested just a couple of weeks ago in Canada at the request of the US. Meng was arrested because of her connection to a company that illegally provided Hewlett Packard computers to Iran.

Huawei & The US

The US government has had issues with the Chinese-based telecommunications company prior to the Huawei case. Huawei has been accused in the past of espionage and giving information to the Chinese government. In fact, the company is banned from selling its products in the US. More recently, though, Huawei is being accused of violating sanctions against Iran, which led to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. China isn’t letting the case go quietly, though, and has threatened major repercussions if Meng isn’t released from Canadian custody and given back to China.

Since the announcement from the Chinese government that there would be greater repercussions, at least three Canadian citizens abroad in China have been arrested and detained. The Chinese government has denied that these arrests have any connection to the Huawei case. However, the timing of the arrests shows otherwise. The first two arrests came shortly after China’s threat to retaliate against Canada if they did not release Meng. The first two arrests were Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. The former of whom is a former diplomat, the latter a businessman.

A Third Arrest

The latest arrest of a Canadian citizen in China has been identified as Sarah McIver. Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau is aware of the third arrest. He denied that it has anything to do with the Huawei case. Though the first two arrests have been seen as retaliation against Canada by the Chinese government. As of earlier this week, China’s ministry of foreign affairs has claimed that she isn’t aware of the third arrest, as reported by The Guardian.

Meng Wanzhou was arrested earlier this month and made bail on December 11. She is currently in Canada, still awaiting to find out what the next step is in the Huawei case. She could face extradition to the US if the US requests it. Trudeau has said that he’s been working hard to take the arrests in China very seriously. It’s unclear what will happen in the future in regard Canada getting caught in the crossfires of the trade war going on between the US and China. Neither Trump nor the Chinese government can seem to come to an agreement. The Huawei case has only made that gap bigger.

Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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