For its part, the Chinese government has underwritten the costs of installing Huawei equipment, in an attempt to dominate networks from Latin America to the Middle East.
Ms. Meng came to personify that effort. Her determination to engage Tehran, at a time when the West is seeking to rein in Iran’s nuclear program, has drawn objections from US officials. For that reason, some Chinese hardliners protested on Friday at the news that the fees had been reduced.
Michael Pillsbury, a scholar at the Hudson Institute who served as a top China adviser to former President Donald J. Trump. “I’m afraid another part of the message is that the Biden team has approved the sale of some chips and technology to Huawei, which would also cut down on the message that Huawei shouldn’t be involved in your friends’ 5G telecommunications systems. and our allies.”
Huawei has focused an angry effort in Washington and Canada to free Ms. Meng. But she refused to plead guilty to charges of bank fraud and wire transfers stemming from Huawei’s deal in Iran. Months later, she agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement, which would eventually lead to the reduction of all charges against her.
The case began when Canadian authorities arrested Ms. Meng, 49, in December 2018, at the request of the United States. She owns two grand homes in Vancouver, and is allowed to stay in them with an ankle bracelet to track her whereabouts. She eventually settled into her covered seven-bedroom mansion in the city’s exclusive Shaughnessy section, where she was taught painting and private massage.
She instantly became one of the most famous detainees in the world – especially since she is the daughter of the famous Huawei founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, a former Army officer of the National Guard. People’s Liberation Army, who turned his small telecommunications company into a national champion.
In January 2019, the Justice Department indicted Huawei and Ms. Meng. While the charges focus on bank fraud and wire transfers, when it announced the indictment, the Justice Department alleges that Huawei employees, including Ms. Meng, lied to bank officials when asked asked about whether Huawei was engaged in illegal business with Iran, knowing that US sanctions against Tehran would prevent banks from financing purchases.