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Wanzhou Meng - also deputy chairwoman and the daughter of Huawei's founder - faces extradition to the US, said Ian McLeod, a Canada Justice Department spokesman. "The ban was sought by Ms Meng".

Huawei's global chief financial officer has been arrested in Canada, where she is facing extradition to the United States, officials have confirmed.

Outside of the arrest itself, very little information about the case is being released at this time, in large part because a publication ban that was requested by Meng.

"Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the Chief Financial Officer of a giant Chinese telecom company for breaking USA sanctions against Iran, " he said.

Shenzhen-based Huawei is the latest Chinese tech firm to be targeted for violating US sanctions.

Earlier this year, Reuters news agency reported that USA prosecutors in NY were investigating whether Huawei violated American sanctions against Iran by shipping American-origin products to Iran in violation of US export and sanctions laws.

Huawei is one of China's most prominent technology companies - a huge telecommunications firm, and the world's second-biggest smartphone manufacturer.

The US Justice Department declined to comment.

U.S. media have reported that the United States is investigating Huawei for potential violations of USA sanctions against Iran.

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Huawei's CFO was arrested in Canada, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal.

Meng's arrest comes as Ottawa and Beijing have been engaged in exploratory talks on a free trade agreement for the past two years, which would be the first deal of its kind between China and a western country. Mark Warner conveyed "grave concerns" over the possibility that the Chinese government might be using Huawei equipment to spy on and interfere with foreign governments.

The company's website also lists Meng as its deputy chairwoman and The Associated Press reports that she is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

The news of the arrest broke today.

The NPRM had suggested that Universal Service Fund (USF) funding not be spent on "equipment or services from suppliers that pose a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain", with the FCC including direct references to Huawei and ZTE.

The U.S.is anxious about the extent to which Chinese-made equipment is used in the telecommunications sectors of countries that host American military bases.

At least 13 pages of the Skycom proposal were marked "Huawei confidential" and carried Huawei's logo.

Huawei and the Chinese consulate general in Vancouver could not be reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon.