Huawei's Meng Wanzhou faces charges in Canadian court


The US and China have made a step in the right direction by announcing a 90-day truce in their tariff war, CCTV commentator and editor Tom McGregor told Sputnik, suggesting that Donald Trump had nothing to do with Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou's arrest.

Meng arrived in the packed Supreme Court of British Columbia as dozens of photographers jostled outside the building.

"China talks", said Philip Levy, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an economic adviser in President George W. Bush's White House. British Telecom, one of the U.K.'s largest internet providers, said this week it will not use Huawei's equipment in its 5G mobile network when it is rolled out in the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.

Canadian prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley said that the telecoms giant used a subsidiary, Hong Kong-based firm Skycom, to do business with Iran, bypassing United States sanctions.

Christopher Balding, a China scholar at Fulbright University Vietnam, said that from China's perspective, Meng's arrest was a political escalation and the Trump administration seemed to understand that. When financial institutions asked Huawei about the article, Meng allegedly denied Huawei controlled SkyCom.

A Huawei spokesman declined to comment on Thursday before Meng's court appearance and said that Wednesday's statement still stands. "Let's see who doesn't get a permit or which United States executive gets arrested", she said.

Prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley said Meng, who has vast financial resources as the daughter of Huawei's founder, has incentive to flee Canada because she faces fraud charges in the United States that could bring up to 30 years in prison.

A court hearing said Meng Wanzhou will be extradited to the United States if convicted.

"Obviously, Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue´s approach as it can not stop Huawei´s 5G advance in the market", it went on.

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Skycom contracts in Iran were in the local rial currency, whereas Huawei contracts were in USA dollars, the person said.

Since Saturday, the telecom executive has been detained at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, a facility 50km outside Vancouver's downtown core.

With many questions still unanswered, governments in both the United States and China appear to be working to limit the fallout from the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive and its possible impact on trade negotiations. All security costs would be borne by her. Fighting extradition proceedings can take years.

Another US official said that while it was a Justice Department matter and not orchestrated in advance by the White House, the case could send a message that Washington is serious about what it sees as Beijing's violations of worldwide trade norms.

A previous publication ban on the case was lifted when the hearing began today.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Canada´s arrest of Meng, saying politics played no part in the decision. "It will clearly take more than one convivial dinner between the leaders of the two countries to start bridging that gap". "You break the American law, you break the Canadian law, you've got to pay the consequences of that", Kudlow said of the Huawei case.

Japan is planning to halt government purchases of equipment from China's two largest telecommunications firms, Huawei and ZTE, amid security concerns, Yomiuri Shimbun reported Friday.

The five nations together form the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance.