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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office in Vancouver on December 12, 2018.The federal Justice Department is giving the go-ahead for an extradition case to proceed against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is wanted in the United States on fraud allegations. Meng will appear in a court in Vancouver on March 6, when a date will be set for her extradition hearing.

If a judge is satisfied with the evidence presented during the extradition hearing, he or she will authorise the individual be committed for extradition.

Canada's decision to proceed "in the face of the political nature of the U.S. charges" was disappointing, Meng's defense lawyers, led by David Martin, said in an email, citing U.S. President Donald Trump's earlier comments saying he might intervene in the case.

Lawyers for Meng said she maintains her innocence, and they called the USA extradition request an abuse of the legal process.

In a 13-count indictment, US attorneys accuse Meng, Huawei, and several of the company's subsidiaries of violating sanctions against Iran.

Legal experts had predicted Ottawa would give the go-ahead, given the close judicial relationship between Canada and the US.

Nine days after Ms Meng's arrest, Chinese authorities detained two Canadians - former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor - in what was widely seen as an act of retaliation.

Western analysts believe the arrests and the death sentence are part of an attempt by Beijing to pressure Canada into releasing Meng.

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Canada on Friday approved extradition proceedings against Huawei's global Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, Reuters reported. "We'll be talking to the attorney general", he said on February 22, when asked if the U.S. might drop the charges against Meng to secure a trade deal.

The charges include bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology. Justice Minister David Lametti will then decide whether Meng will be extradited. It is nearly certain that if as a result of the Canadian action, Meng is ultimately extradited from Canada to face prosecution in the United States, it will sink bilateral relations to the bottom.

"This is not a merely judicial case, but a political persecution against a Chinese high-tech enterprise", the embassy said.

Canada counters that it is bound by an extradition treaty with the United States, stressing that the charges are a legal matter.

The arrest on December 1 in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou - who is also the daughter of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei - stoked controversy from the outset, with China claiming that the law enforcement operation was political.

Officials separately filed 10 charges against two Huawei affiliates for allegedly stealing technology from T-Mobile.

"Canada is a country governed by the rule of law", a Department of Justice statement said. A number of intelligence agencies around the world, including those within the United States, have already gone on record as stating that they consider Huawei to be a threat to national security and they would not use Huawei's 5G equipment in the creation of network infrastructure in their country.


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