Huawei’s top executive Meng Wanzhou can return to China

21:42, 24 September 2021
Huawei’s top executive Meng Wanzhou can return to China Photo: FrankHoermann/SVEN SIMON/Global Look Press

The company’s deputy chairwoman & CFO has been detained in Canada since 2018 and might get freed after a deal with the US. 

On Friday the US Justice Department reached an agreement that will let Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou return to China. In exchange she must admit a set of wrongdoings in a sanctions violation case, an insider said.

Wanzhou has agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement which is forecast to be signed on Friday in Brooklyn’s federal court. The US authorities will then omit its charges and her extradition to Canada will see an end. 

Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December 2018 at the request of the US authorities. American officials have presumed that the CFO violated sanctions imposed on Iran, as well as accused Huawei of stealing confidential data. 

Former US President Donald Trump believed that Huawei was directly linked with the Chinese government and claimed that the enterprise aimed at undermining American projects and interests. 

The deal also implies that two Canadian residents detained in China and sentenced to long terms will be now released as well. Ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in the PRC the day after Wanzhou’s detention and accused of spying.

Both China and the US accused each other of playing hostage diplomacy and politicizing the case. 

The US imposed sanctions on Huawei in 2019, the decision was supported by the UK, Sweden, Australia, and Japan.