The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is negotiating with Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, to allow her to return to China. This is mistaken. The Trump administration should not, under any conditions, come to terms with Ms. Meng. Her release would directly and immediately undermine American national security and other core interests. China Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s official English language newspaper, on Saturday confirmed Wall Street Journal reporting that the U.S. and Meng have been in discussions over a possible plea deal. Meng, also the daughter of Huawei’s founder and chief executive officer, was detained at DOJ’s request by Canadian police on December 1, 2018, as she attempted to transit through the Vancouver airport on her way from Hong Kong to Mexico. Newsweek subscription offers > Now under house arrest, she is challenging extradition on wire and bank fraud charges that stem from Huawei’s alleged violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran. The Justice Department claims Meng lied to HSBC in 2013 in order to get the British-headquartered bank to clear transactions with parties in the Islamic Republic. So far, Meng’s lawyers have been unsuccessful in persuading a Canadian court to refuse extradition to the U.S. According… Read full this story
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