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>> Huawei executive, Mon Wong Zhou, was back before a Canadian judge, Tuesday. Seeking changes to her bail conditions, which include she wear an ankle monitor and she be on home lockdown during evening hours. She's been fighting extradition to the United States since her December 1st arrest at the request of the US government.
>> As early as 2007, Huawei employees allegedly began to misrepresent the company's relationship with its Iranian affiliate, which is called Skycom.>> Her latest court date comes one day after the US Justice Department unsealed indictments against her, Chinese technology company, Huawei, and several of it's subsidiaries. The charges range from stealing trade secrets, to bank and wire fraud as a way to violate sanctions against Iran.
Huawei on Tuesday denied the company or it's subsidiaries had committed any of the crimes alleged by the US. Mong's lawyer says she's being held hostage as part of a US trade spat with China. But US Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, in a Tuesday interview on Fox News, said the pursuit against Huawei had nothing to do with trade negotiations.
The Chinese government, however, doesn't agree.>> During this time, the US has used it's state power to discredit and pressure designated Chinese companies, attempting to throttle their ordinary legal operations. Behind all of this, there are very strong political intentions and manipulations.>> Reuters' Tony Munroe.>> The timing of these charges is awkward, to say the least.
They were announced just as a Chinese delegation, led by Vice Premier Liu He, who's arriving in Washington to begin two days of really crucial trade talks with the United States. These talks are aimed at reaching some kind of a deal that would prevent the escalation of US tariffs on Chinese goods that would take place on March 2nd.
But certainly, in terms of atmospherics, the charges do cast a shadow, certainly as the Chinese would see it, over the proceedings.>> The charges and the talks come at a critical time when the US-China trade war is threatening to derail the entire global economy.