Ottawa, March 2 : Canada has approved extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, to United States. Meng has been charged with circumventing US sanctions on Iran.
This move prompted furious reaction from China as Meng was arrested in Vancouver at Washington’s request in December.Meanwhile, Chinese diplomats overseas have stepped up their defence of telecom giant Huawei
Canada’s Department of Justice announced that it had issued “an authority to proceed,” thus “formally commencing an extradition process in the case of Meng Wanzhou.”
Meng will appear in a Vancouver court on 6 March, when a date will be set for her extradition hearing.
Donald Trump administration gas called up US allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks and consequently Washington and Australia has banned Huawei from development of their 5G networks over concerns that Beijing could use the company for espionage.
The US has reportedly offered financial incentives to those who would refrain from working with the world’s leading communications supplier.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again stoked fears over the perceived dangers posed by Huawei, calling for the world “to have eyes wide open.”
Huawei has dismissed allegations of spying for Beijing, accusing Washington of unfair competition.