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US in talks with Huawei’s Meng to resolve charges, allow her return to China: Department of Justice

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei leaves the Supreme Court following an extradition hearing in Vancouver, Canada, on May 27, 2020. (PPI/Zuma Press/TNS)
December 04, 2020

The U.S. Justice Department is discussing a deal that would allow the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. to return home to China from Canada in exchange for admitting wrongdoing in a criminal case, Dow Jones reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Justice officials and lawyers for Meng Wanzhou have discussed the prospect of a deferred prosecution agreement related to the wire and bank fraud charges she faces, the news service reported.

The Trump administration’s moves against Huawei — particularly the arrest of Meng, the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei — have been a key part of the rising tensions between the U.S. and China. In addition to the legal case, the U.S. government has pressed allies to bar their telecom carriers from using the company’s networking equipment because of alleged security risks.

Meng has so far resisted the proposal because she believes she has done nothing wrong, the report stated.

Meng declined to comment through a Huawei spokesman, while a DOJ spokesman declined to comment, according to Dow Jones.


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