Meng Wanzhou - China ambassador seeks ‘rational’ relations, trade boost by ‘reserving differences’



Meng Wanzhou is a Chinese businesswoman and the deputy chairperson and chief financial officer (CFO) of Huawei Technologies. Born on February 13, 1972, Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei Technologies and a former officer in the People’s Liberation Army.

Education

Meng Wanzhou obtained her Bachelor’s degree in finance from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. After completing her undergraduate studies, she pursued a Master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

Career

Meng Wanzhou joined Huawei in 1993 as an accountant and has held various positions in the company in the finance and accounting departments. She became the CFO of Huawei Technologies in 2011 and a member of the Board of Directors in 2018. In her role, she oversees the financial operations of the company and is responsible for ensuring the company’s financial stability and growth.

Under her leadership, Huawei Technologies has grown into one of the largest telecommunications and technology companies in the world. Huawei is known for its cutting-edge technology and innovative products such as smartphones, tablets, and telecommunication equipment.

Controversy

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in December 2018 by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States sparked an international controversy. She was subsequently charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to violate sanctions against Iran. The arrest happened while Meng was traveling from Hong Kong to Mexico through Vancouver. It was discovered that she had been accused of lying to banks about the company’s links with a shell company that sold telecommunications equipment to Iran. The U.S. has sanctions on Iran, and the accusations stated that Huawei violate those sanctions by doing business with Iran.

The United States has accused Huawei of posing a security risk and engaging in intellectual property theft. The U.S. has also been pushing its allies to ban Huawei from their 5G networks, citing national security concerns.

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest has strained diplomatic relations between China and Canada, with China retaliating by detaining two Canadian citizens and putting them on trial on charges of espionage.

Meng Wanzhou has denied any wrongdoing and is fighting extradition to the United States. Huawei Technologies has also denied any wrongdoing, and the company has accused the U.S. of politically motivated prosecution.

Personal Life

Meng Wanzhou is married and has four children. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys hiking and skiing in her free time.

Conclusion

Meng Wanzhou is an influential businesswoman who has played a crucial role in the growth and success of Huawei Technologies. Her arrest and subsequent legal battles have put her in the spotlight and raised questions about the future of Huawei and China’s role in the global technology industry. Despite the controversy surrounding her, Meng Wanzhou’s contributions to Huawei’s development and success will always be remembered.


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Canada's Trudeau to visit South Korea; focus on minerals, security

Reuters

23-05-16 02:57


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to head to South Korea on 14 June for a summit with President Yoon Suk Yeol, marking the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations. Energy security will be at the fore of the talks, with the two governments expected to sign an agreement regarding key minerals supply chains and clean energy conversion. Canada boasts ample reserves of minerals – such as lithium, cobalt and nickel – used to make batteries for electric vehicles. Trudeau and Yoong will also discuss intelligence sharing and other security measures, potentially focusing on North Korea, which has previously been a sore point between Seoul and Ottawa.

https://www.reuters.com/world/canadas-trudeau-visit-south-korea-focus-minerals-security-2023-05-16/
US-sanctioned Huawei sharpens focus in home market with local government deals

South China Morning Post

23-05-17 14:30


Huawei has signed cooperation agreements with local governments in Sichuan, Guangzhou and Tianjin, pledging to support smart port, computing resource and telecom infrastructure. 5G, artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies will reportedly be employed to help Tianjin's digital transformation. Similarly, Huawei has signed a strategic cooperation deal with Sichuan province, which involves expanding local data storage capacity. These initiatives also reflect how China's biggest tech companies are following directives from China's leadership to strengthen job creation across the country in the wake of the pandemic.

https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3220916/us-sanctioned-huawei-sharpens-focus-home-market-through-new-strategic-cooperation-pacts-local
What do George Santos, R. Kelly and FIFA have in common?

Economist

23-05-17 19:40


New York's Eastern District Court has gained a reputation for its extraterritorial reach, indicting an array of high-profile defendants over the years, including R&B singer R Kelly and Mexican cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera. Despite covering a district that includes Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, and serving a diverse demographic of 8 million residents and an international airport, the court has few qualms about exercising its jurisdiction to prosecute defendants based in other areas of the US, or even in foreign countries.

https://www.economist.com/united-states/2023/05/17/what-do-george-santos-r-kelly-and-fifa-have-in-common
China’s Ambassador Warns Trudeau Off ‘Provocation’ as Diplomatic Ties Fray

Bloomberg

23-05-19 19:19


China’s ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, has urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to provoke further retaliation from China as Canada decides whether to launch an investigation into alleged meddling in Canadian politics by China. The controversy centres on leaks claiming Chinese officials covertly interfered in the last two elections. Cong suggested that Canada should consider pursuing an independent foreign policy rather than constantly following the lead of the US. He has also denied all Chinese meddling in Canadian affairs and suggested that the allegations were the result of “ideological bias”.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-05-19/china-s-ambassador-warns-justin-trudeau-off-provocation-as-ties-fray?srnd=next-china
China tells Canada to stop following US as election meddling row rumbles on

South China Morning Post

23-05-20 02:20


China’s Ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, has called on Canada to boost diplomatic and economic ties. Cong urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to correct past mistakes and not provoke confrontation, adding that Ottawa should return to a more independent foreign policy of its own. Cong suggested relations between Canada and China had deteriorated in recent years, since the arrest in Vancouver of HuaweiChief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, and China’s subsequent detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. The Chinese Ambassador accused Canada of making further provocative moves, in a dispute that dates back to December 2018. Canada has expelled a Chinese diplomat who was under suspicion of targeting a Conservative legislator and his family in Hong Kong. Cong also criticised moves by the US to settle scores with China on trade.

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3221221/chinas-envoy-tells-trudeau-avoid-further-feud-canada-mulls-public-inquiry-alleged-beijing-meddling
As inquiry decision looms, here’s how Canada’s foreign interference saga has evolved

The Toronto Star

23-05-22 10:00


The Canadian government will receive an initial report from special rapporteur David Johnson on whether to call for a public inquiry into claims of foreign interference. Chinese meddling allegations in the last two federal elections brought attention to the threat, with calls for an inquiry allowing for transparent conversation about the threat faced by Canada and allowing the government to illustrate what action it is taking. An inquiry would bring the conversation back to the details of the foreign interference threat and how the country can combat it, experts say. The signs of foreign interference were already visible before the controversy, however, the government has promised funding to combat foreign interference.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2023/05/22/as-inquiry-decision-looms-heres-how-canadas-foreign-interference-saga-has-evolved.html
How HSBC’s China battle threatens to ‘heat right back up’

Financial Times

23-05-31 04:00


HSBC has emerged victorious from its annual general meeting, with Chinese insurer Ping An failing to gain support to split the 158-year-old bank in two. Investors are "guessing in the dark" on whether there is Beijing involvement in the dispute, said Hugh Young, Asia-Pacific chair of HSBC shareholder Abrdn. While Ping An has appeared to soften its stance with a statement saying it respected "shareholders' choices", there are signs it is awaiting HSBC's results before deciding whether to push ahead with another attempt at a break-up. The bank's executives have long been reassured the row is commercial rather than political, and had meetings with various vice-premiers and ministers this year.

https://www.ft.com/content/025305c1-a515-4f83-8f66-fc91a89e426e
Han Dong’s future in Liberal caucus still up in the air

The Toronto Star

23-05-31 23:12


Intergovernmental Affairs Minister, Dominic LeBlanc will examine whether MP Han Dong will rejoin the Liberal caucus following the rejection of foreign interference allegations. Dong left the federal Liberal caucus to defend himself in March, although David Johnston, the former Governor-General who examined classified intelligence, rejected the claims. Justin Trudeau asked LeBlanc to lead an internal process to assess how Dong’s future membership in caucus should be decided, while Dong contacted The Toronto Star to confirm he wanted to return and felt 'vindicated' by the report.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2023/05/31/han-dongs-future-in-liberal-caucus-still-up-in-the-air.html
The Trouble With China’s Global Civilization Initiative

Diplomat

23-06-01 14:41


China's new Global Civilization Initiative (GCI) is yet another example of leaders selling attractive-sounding concepts that ultimately benefit them, according to Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch. The initiative, which was unveiled by President Xi Jinping in a recent speech, seeks to promote concepts such as peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, without the need to call out violations or impose values on others. The GCI is part of China's Community of Common Destiny, which takes aim at the current "rules-based international order". Despite such seemingly positive sentiments, the true nature of the initiative is "self-serving" and disarms the "rules based international order". As such, it appears to be encouraging regimes that wish to enact criminality and repression, for example, and empowering those who seek "hegemony and power". The GCI signals to China's partners in the illiberal world that they can pursue their own interests, and prioritise their voice in international discourse.

https://thediplomat.com/2023/06/the-trouble-with-chinas-global-civilization-initiative/
Cana­di­an ap­pointee in­ves­ti­gat­ing Chi­na elec­tion claims steps down

Al Jazeera

23-06-10 00:35


Canadian government-appointed investigator, David Johnston, who is looking into allegations of Chinese interference in Canada, is stepping down from his role, citing partisan politics as the barrier to his inquiry. Johnston recently released a report recommending against holding a public inquiry, angering all opposition parties. His appointment to the role was initially contentious with former Canadian Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre accusing him of being too close to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family. China-Canada relations have been tense since Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese telecom giant's CFO.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/6/10/canadian-appointee-investigating-china-election-claims-steps-down
Dysfunction and dissonance define U.S.-China relations

Japan Times

23-06-21 09:09


The current relationship between the US and China is characterized by deep mistrust, dysfunction, and dissonance. China sees the US and Western countries as threats to its ruling regime and believes that they aim to destabilize China's political system. The US, on the other hand, mistrusts China's political system and values, as well as its efforts to eject the US from the region and rewrite international institutions. There are concerns about China's growing track record of economic coercion, abrogation of international agreements, and rapid militarization. This negative spiral in relations has the potential to escalate into a kinetic conflict that could have significant consequences for Japan and the broader Indo-Pacific region. To decrease the chances of conflict breaking out, it is important to re-establish dialogue between Washington and Beijing. Middle powers such as Japan, Canada, Australia, ASEAN, and the EU can play a role in protecting their national interests by lobbying both countries to prioritize dialogue and cooperation. They can also invest in the rules-based order in the realms of security, trade, and international law to insulate themselves from the friction that will emanate from US-China relations.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2023/06/21/commentary/world-commentary/china-us-relations-3/
China seeks leg up in 6G standards race with faster wireless tech

Nikkei Asia

23-06-29 17:22


Chinese telecom companies, including Huawei, are showcasing advances in mobile technology, focusing on the 5.5G transitional step before 6G at the MWC Shanghai trade show. China Mobile is pushing ahead with 6G research and development, and China currently has the largest number of 5G users in the world. The Chinese government has made 5G a priority, but Chinese companies are facing difficulties outside of China due to security concerns. International standards for 6G are expected to be set by 2030, and Huawei is aiming to build a track record with 5.5G to influence this process.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Telecommunication/China-seeks-leg-up-in-6G-standards-race-with-faster-wireless-tech
Articles On: Chip Supply Chain, ChatGPT, Tech Race, Micron, Huawei, Samsung, Cloud, and AI

Hoover Institution

23-07-02 11:00


The Chinese Communist Party's control over information technology is highlighted in several articles. ASML, a leading chip manufacturing equipment supplier, states that decoupling the chip supply chain from China is practically impossible. Baidu claims that its Ernie Bot now surpasses OpenAI's ChatGPT in key measures. A video from the Atlantic Council discusses the tech race with China and the need for a comprehensive strategy. Micron's response to Beijing's ban on the US chipmaker is explored, while Huawei's Meng Wanzhou predicts continued global expansion of 5G mobile services. An indictment details a plan to steal Samsung secrets for a Foxconn China project. Concerns are raised over China's cloud computing firms and their impact on the US. Finally, billionaires and bureaucrats in China are mobilizing for the AI race with the US.

https://www.hoover.org/research/articles-chip-supply-chain-chatgpt-tech-race-micron-huawei-samsung-cloud-and-ai
China is taking US citizens hostage

Telegraph

23-07-05 13:50


The US Department of State has advised American citizens to reconsider travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and the detention of US citizens. There are currently around 200 US citizens imprisoned in China for suspicious or vague reasons. This is seen as a manifestation of China's 'hostage diplomacy', where it views holding human hostages as an acceptable way to conduct diplomacy. The article also highlights China's increasing isolation and control over its people, as well as the ongoing oppression of the Uyghur minority.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/07/05/china-us-citizens-hostages/
China is taking US citizens hostage

Telegraph

23-07-05 13:50


The US Department of State has advised American citizens to reconsider travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and the detention of US citizens. There are currently around 200 US citizens imprisoned in China for suspicious or vague reasons. This is seen as a manifestation of China's 'hostage diplomacy', where it views holding human hostages as an acceptable way to conduct diplomacy. The article also highlights China's increasing isolation and control over its people, as well as the ongoing oppression of the Uyghur minority.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/07/05/china-us-citizens-hostages/
Across the political spectrum, Beijing has already lost Canada

SCMP Opinion

23-07-09 12:59


There is an ongoing battle between Canadian intelligence agencies and the government over the country's policies towards China. Intelligence sources have been leaking stories to the press about alleged Chinese interference in Canadian affairs in an attempt to pressure the government to take a harder stance against China. The military, intelligence, and foreign policy establishment in Canada has been aligning itself with the US, UK, and Australia in preparing for a new Cold War. The Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party have also been pushing for a tougher approach towards China. However, public opinion in Canada has turned against China, largely due to the detention of two Canadians in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei's CFO in Canada. The Trudeau government is already committed to supply chain diversification and the forced divestment of Chinese companies from the Canadian economy.

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3227086/across-political-spectrum-beijing-has-already-lost-canada
China needs to ‘proactively defend’ against spies, state security minister says

South China Morning Post

23-07-12 11:00


China's state security minister, Chen Yixin, has called for proactive defence against spies to strengthen national security and the Communist Party's leadership. Chen highlighted the need for stricter national security measures as a result of the risks posed by an increasingly unpredictable global environment. He emphasised the importance of harnessing big data, blockchain, and artificial intelligence to address threats from spies. Chen also stressed the need for counter-espionage operations to be effective and lawful, cautioning against the abuse of power by law enforcement agencies.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3227443/china-needs-proactively-defend-against-spies-state-security-minister-says
Martin Regg Cohn: She’s a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. How can she be so oblivious?

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 12:00


Canada should consider renouncing its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to the Chinese government's attempts to target Hong Kong dissidents seeking sanctuary in Canada, writes Martin Regg Cohn in the Toronto Star. Cohn argues that the presence of former Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on Hong Kong's highest court is being used as camouflage for Beijing's repression. Other Western nations have criticized "transnational" abuse of authority and Canada should go further and abolish its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, Cohn concludes.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/political-opinion/2023/07/16/shes-a-former-chief-justice-of-the-supreme-court-of-canada-how-can-she-be-so-oblivious.html
Once a success story, Canada’s pork industry faces a painful reckoning

The Globe and Mail

23-08-02 09:00


Canada's pork industry has had a difficult couple of years due to issues such as on-again, off-again access to the Chinese market, competition from European and US farmers, weak global prices, and rising feed and production costs. Major processors are reporting losses, and many pig farmers are struggling to survive. The sector is now at a crossroads, and experts believe that Canada needs to significantly reduce the number of hogs it produces to restore balance. The industry is hoping for a rebound in exports to China, but it is uncertain if this market will continue to grow as China increases domestic production.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-once-a-success-story-canadas-pork-industry-faces-a-painful-reckoning/