The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, CFO, Huawei, a telecom giant and a leading provider of consumer electronics & networking equipment has resulted in rising tensions between Canada and China. The Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou, also known as Sabrina Meng or Cathy Meng was detained in Canada based on the request made by the United States. Meng was accused of committing fraud regarding company’s business connections in Iran. The U.S. accused her of dealing in dirty money and claimed that she avoided traveling to the United States since April 2017 as she was aware of the criminal investigation going against her.
This has resulted in a tug of war between the two nations leading criticism for each other from both sides. Recently, China’s representative had warned Ottawa to make a wise decision or there will be possible consequences if Canada bans Huawei from participating and distributing equipment to Canada’s 5G networks. Apart from that, the tourism business is experiencing a downturn as well, as told by a Richmond tour operator.
Amidst the bilateral dispute between the two nations, the China court awarded the death sentence to Robert Lloyd Schellenberg who was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison. According to the reporters, this decision was suddenly reversed within just four days’ notice and might be a diplomatic act for negotiating the release of Meng Wanzhou. This hearing was criticized by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as the Australian Government who expressed their concern over the biased death sentence for a plan to smuggle the drugs to Australia.
Despite being released on a bail, Meng is expected to be a part of legal hearings in following years.