Meng Wanzhou

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(Businessman)
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Taken hostage by Canada
BornRen Wanzhou
1972
age 45–46), Chengdu, Sichuan, China
NationalityChinese
Alma materHuazhong University of Science and Technology
Children2
Parents • Ren Zhengfei
• (father)
• Meng Jun (mother)
SpouseMarried

Meng Wanzhou (born 1972), also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng,[1] is a Chinese business executive. She is deputy chairwoman of the board and chief financial officer (CFO) of China's largest private company, the telecom giant Huawei founded by her father Ren Zhengfei.

Arrest in Canada

On 1 December 2018, Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in Canada at the request of the United States for alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.[2]

US seeks extradition

On 12 December 2018, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said that she takes her “extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously,” and if Canada’s courts approve Meng’s extradition, “then as the Minister of Justice, I will ultimately have to decide on the issue of surrender of the person sought for extradition.”

Therefore, Wilson-Raybould said in a statement, she wouldn’t say any more because that “would risk undermining both the independence of the court proceedings and the proper functioning of Canada’s extradition process”:

“In order to safeguard due process and to respect the independence of the courts, it is essential that the Crown’s position in this matter, as in all court proceedings, be presented in the courtroom where it can be properly considered,” she said.[3]

Having been replaced as Justice Minister on 14 January 2019, Wilson-Raybould resigned from the Canadian government on 12 February 2019.[4]

Meat pro quo

On 26 June 2019, China suspended all meat imports from Canada amid their dispute over the Canadian detention of Meng Wanzhou, CEO of Huawei.

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said in a statement that the move follows Chinese customs inspectors' detection of residue from a restricted feed additive, called ractopamine, in a batch of Canadian pork products. It is permitted in Canada but banned in China:

"China has taken urgent preventive measures and requested the Canadian government to suspend the issuance of certificates for meat exported to China."

The latest action against Canada came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was heading to Japan for the 2019 G20 Osaka summit where US President Donald Trump is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping in talks to ameliorate a bi-lateral trade dispute. Justin Trudeau had hoped to meet with Xi at the G-20 but that appears unlikely, since the Chinese have refused to talk to senior Canadian government officials, including Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. Trudeau therefore has asked Trump to speak on behalf of Canada to President Xi Jinping.[5]

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Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:'Poor Canada': Will Meng Wanzhou extradition hearing threaten national interestArticle3 May 2019Jason ProctorThe UK's Nick Vamos said he has discussed the Meng Wanzhou case with Canadian counterparts and has been following it with interest: "If nothing else, it's keeping the world of extradition experts entertained."
Document:Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s government in crisis after minister quits over corruption probeArticle13 February 2019Agence France-PresseA Canadian minister’s sudden resignation on 12 February 2019 turned vague allegations of interference in the criminal prosecution of an engineering giant into a deepening political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.
Document:Canada Takes A Hostage: Free Meng WanzhouArticle8 December 2018Christopher BlackCanadians should be angry about these traitors isolating Canada from China, from Russia, from Iran and their great cultures, and condemning Canada to be nothing more than an outpost of the American empire. For traitors they are as they betray the Canadian people by serving the interests of the Americans and their war machine. Free Meng Wanzhou, for so long as she is held hostage, so are we all.


References

  1. Zhong, Raymond (2018-12-07). "Meng Wanzhou Was Huawei's Professional Face, Until Her Arrest". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-12-08.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. "Huawei CFO committed fraud in breach of US sanctions, prosecutors say"
  3. "If courts decide to extradite Huawei exec, Justice Minister will make call"
  4. Politics, Canadian (2019-02-12). "Read the full, annotated text of Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation letter | National Post". Retrieved 2019-03-10.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  5. "China suspends Canadian meat imports amid Huawei dispute"
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