Scandal of the Day! Huawei’s CFO Arrested in Canada: 9 Unknown Facts About Meng Wanzhou

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Canadian authorities have arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng.

Nexter.org reports the reasons for the arrest and explains who Wanzhou Meng is and her main achievements.

What do we know so far

Source: EPA/Jiji

has arrested Huawei Technologies CFO Wanzhou Meng, who is facing extradition to the United States on suspicion she violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran, the Globe and Mail reported, citing a statement from Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod.

She will have a bail hearing on Friday, he said.

“As there is a publication ban in effect, we cannot provide any further detail at this time,” McLeod said, adding, “The ban was sought by Ms. Meng.”

Huawei is one of China’s most prominent technology companies — a huge telecommunications firm, and the world’s second-biggest smartphone manufacturer. Its devices have come under scrutiny from US authorities over spying fears, and the arrest of its CFO has the potential to further inflame tensions between the two countries amid a mounting trade war.

Both the United States and Australia have banned the company from participating in the construction of the 5G network because of security concerns, and Washington has been increasing pressure on , Britain and New Zealand to join suit.

Source: Handout

Who is Wanzhou Meng?

  • She was born in 1972.
  • Meng, who is also the deputy chair of Huawei’s board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.
  • Meng Wanzhou, also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, in addition to her role as CFO, Meng serves as deputy chairwoman of Huawei’s board.
  • Though most Chinese people use their fathers’ surnames, Ms Meng adopted her mother’s family name. According to Chinese media reports, there are at least two versions on how this came about. One version has it that Mr Ren allowed his daughter to adopt the Meng surname out of respect for his father-in-law. Another version says Ms Meng changed her surname of her own accord when she was 16.

Source: EPA

  • After graduating from university in 1992, Ms Meng spent a year working at China Construction Bank before joining the fledgling telecoms equipment company.
  • In her early years at Huawei, she dealt mostly with administrative matters such as taking phone calls, typing, and producing product catalogues, as one of three secretaries in the company.
  • In the late 1990s, she earned a master’s degree in accountancy from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, central Hubei province, before returning to Huawei to helm the finance department.
  • Over the years, she has been director of the international accounting department, chief financial officer of Huawei Hong Kong and president of the accounting management department at the company.
  • She is married with a son and daughter and has a brother who works in a services company affiliated to Huawei.

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