Chief financial officer of China's Huawei arrested in Canada

Huawei is one of the world's largest makers of telecommunications network equipment

Canadian authorities in Vancouver have arrested Huawei Technologies Co.'s chief financial officer at the request of the US government for alleged violations of Iranian sanctions, the latest move by Washington to crack down on the Chinese cellular-technology giant.

Wanzhou Meng, the deputy chair of the Chinese telecommunications giant, was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December, a spokesman for Canada's Department of Justice said.

Meng is now facing extradition to the United States. "The ban was sought by Ms. Meng".

The Wall Street Journal reported back in April, that the United States authorities have been probing the Chinese telecommunication giant at least since 2016 for allegedly circumventing the Iranian sanctions and supplying US-origin products to the Islamic Republic.

Canadian authorities for their part are not providing any details beyond the arrest, and various US news organizations have been unable to get a comment from US Department of Justice officials. "The ban was being sought by Ms. Meng".

She is reportedly sought by the U.S. for breaking trade embargo with Iran.

USA authorities have suspected Huawei's alleged involvement in Iranian sanctions violations since at least 2016, when the US investigated ZTE Corp., Huawei's smaller Chinese rival, over similar violations.

Meng's arrest comes as Ottawa and Beijing have been engaged in exploratory talks on a free trade agreement for the past two years, which would be the first deal of its kind between China and a western country. "Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the Chief Financial Officer of a giant Chinese telecom company for breaking US sanctions against Iran".

In June, Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported that U.S. lawmakers warned the Canadian government that Huawei posed a major cybersecurity risk.

Huawei is one of China's most prominent technology companies - a huge telecommunications firm, and the world's second-biggest smartphone manufacturer.

Huawei has recently been embroiled in reports of security concerns by western nations, who have recently become increasingly wary of what they say is possible Chinese government involvement in 5G mobile networks and other communications networks.

GCSB Minister Andrew Little said the decision to turn down the overseas network provider was because the technology was too risky - not because the company is Chinese.

According to CNBC, the United Kingdom has also blocked the tech giant from providing key equipment for the development of a 5G network by telecommunications firm BT.

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