US formally requests extradition of Huawei executive from Canada

US formally requests extradition of Huawei executive from Canada
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The U.S. has formally requested the extradition of an executive at the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei from Canada, officials in Canada said Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Canada's justice department confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that the country had received a formal request from the U.S. seeking the extradition of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer who was arrested in December at the request of U.S. officials.

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Officials with the Canadian justice department have until March to review the extradition request and determine whether it can advance in court, the spokesperson told the Journal.

Meng has been accused of violating trade sanctions against Iran. She was released on bail in December but must remain in Canada while she awaits possible extradition proceedings.

Meng appeared briefly in court on Tuesday and is set to return for another court date next week, according to the Journal. 

The formal request for her extradition comes after the U.S. on Monday filed criminal charges against Huawei, alleging that the firm stole intellectual property from T-Mobile and violated U.S. sanction orders.

The U.S. is also currently in the midst of a trade dispute with China. A Chinese delegation is in Washington, D.C., this week for trade negotiations with the U.S.