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The chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada at the request of the United States over alleged Iran sanctions violations. At this time, the department spokesperson can't share more details because Meng requested a publication ban. "The ban was sought by Ms. Meng", McLeod added.

Meng Wanzhou is also a vice-chair on Huawei's board of directors and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. She was detained while transferring between flights, the firm said.

As a result, USA officials have worked to prevent US telecom companies from selling Huawei smartphones and installing Huawei equipment.

USA prosecutors were investigating whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Fellow Chinese technology giant ZTE had similarly been removed from the US trading blacklist at the start of previous year by the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security following the company's guilty plea to illegally exporting products to Iran.

In April, China appealed to Washington to avoid damaging business confidence following the Wall Street Journal report that USA authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran amid spiraling technology tensions.

In 2012, the House of Representatives released a report warning Huawei poses a national security threat to the USA, and American companies and its government should avoid doing business with the company.

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The arrest could drive a wedge between China and the United States just days after President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping held a meeting in Argentina where they agreed to steps to resolve a brewing trade war. "The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion". Its equipment is banned in the U.S. and Australia and in the United Kingdom it is rigorously tested by the Government at a guarded facility.

Although Huawei sought to distance itself from Skycom, investigative journalists found close connections between the two companies.

The Chinese telecommunications giant is now in partnership with Canadian universities across the country as well as companies such as Telus, with whom it is developing 5G networks in Canada.

Britain's BT Group said on Wednesday it was removing Huawei Technologies' equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile operations and would not use the Chinese company in central parts of the new network.

Canada is yet to take any action against the Chinese company's 5G technology.

Huawei itself has been increasingly on the rocks with the USA for the past year.