Meng Wanzhou

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Taken hostage by Canada
BornRen Wanzhou
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Alma materHuazhong University of Science and Technology
Parents • Ren Zhengfei
• (father)
• Meng Jun (mother)
Daughter of founder of telecom giant Huawei, taken hostage, legally, by Canadian authorities.

Meng Wanzhou, also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng,[1] is a Chinese business executive. She is deputy chairwoman of the board and chief financial officer (CFO) of China's largest private company, the telecom giant Huawei founded by her father Ren Zhengfei.

In December 2018 Meng Wanzhou was taken hostage, legally, by Canadian authorities on behalf of the United States as part of their all-front offensive against China. Within days of her detention, two Canadians – businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig – were arrested in China. Nearly three years later, the two Michaels were released within hours of Meng reaching a deal with US prosecutors to end the bank fraud case against her, after being held in Canada for more than 1,000 days. Beijing denied that their arrests were linked.[2]

Arrest in Canada

On 1 December 2018, Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in Canada at the request of the United States for alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.[3]

US seeks extradition

On 12 December 2018, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said that she takes her “extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously,” and if Canada’s courts approve Meng’s extradition, “then as the Minister of Justice, I will ultimately have to decide on the issue of surrender of the person sought for extradition.”

Therefore, Wilson-Raybould said in a statement, she wouldn’t say any more because that “would risk undermining both the independence of the court proceedings and the proper functioning of Canada’s extradition process”:

“In order to safeguard due process and to respect the independence of the courts, it is essential that the Crown’s position in this matter, as in all court proceedings, be presented in the courtroom where it can be properly considered,” she said.[4]

Having been replaced as Justice Minister on 14 January 2019, Wilson-Raybould resigned from the Canadian government on 12 February 2019.[5]

Meat pro quo

On 26 June 2019, China suspended all meat imports from Canada amid their dispute over the Canadian detention of Meng Wanzhou, CEO of Huawei.

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said in a statement that the move follows Chinese customs inspectors' detection of residue from a restricted feed additive, called ractopamine, in a batch of Canadian pork products. It is permitted in Canada but banned in China:

"China has taken urgent preventive measures and requested the Canadian government to suspend the issuance of certificates for meat exported to China."

The latest action against Canada came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was heading to Japan for the 2019 G20 Osaka summit where US President Donald Trump is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping in talks to ameliorate a bi-lateral trade dispute. Justin Trudeau had hoped to meet with Xi at the G-20 but that appears unlikely, since the Chinese have refused to talk to senior Canadian government officials, including Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. Trudeau therefore has asked Trump to speak on behalf of Canada to President Xi Jinping.[6]

Electronic monitoring

Meng Wanzhou has been released on bail and can live at one of two Vancouver-area mansions, but must wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. On 30 September 2019, she appeared at British Columbia's Supreme Court for a hearing, as the extradition process makes its way through the courts.[7]


She was released on 26 September 2021, and returned from Canada home to China.[8]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:'Poor Canada': Will Meng Wanzhou extradition hearing threaten national interestArticle3 May 2019Jason ProctorThe UK's Nick Vamos said he has discussed the Meng Wanzhou case with Canadian counterparts and has been following it with interest: "If nothing else, it's keeping the world of extradition experts entertained."
Document:Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s government in crisis after minister quits over corruption probeArticle13 February 2019Agence France-PresseA Canadian minister’s sudden resignation on 12 February 2019 turned vague allegations of interference in the criminal prosecution of an engineering giant into a deepening political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.
Document:Canada Takes A Hostage: Free Meng WanzhouArticle8 December 2018Christopher BlackCanadians should be angry about these traitors isolating Canada from China, from Russia, from Iran and their great cultures, and condemning Canada to be nothing more than an outpost of the American empire. For traitors they are as they betray the Canadian people by serving the interests of the Americans and their war machine. Free Meng Wanzhou, for so long as she is held hostage, so are we all.
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