When your enemy turns out to be your biggest fan, half the battle is already won!
When Meng Wanzhou, CFO – Huawei Technology Co Ltd, was arrested in Canada on December 01, 2018, little did anyone know how much she loved Apple products. It was only just a few days back when it came to light that Meng Wanzhou apparently relied more on Apple products than the products made by her own company.
Canadian authority, who arrested Meng Wanzhou, on the behest of the US, reportedly seized three Apple products – Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Apple iPad Pro and a MacBook laptop – found in the possession of the Huawei’s top executives. What’s even more surprising is that along with all these three Apple products Meng was carrying only one Huawei product, Mate 20 RS, featuring Porsche design, according to the filings in the court.
Meng was charged with bank and wire fraud to violate American sanctions against Iran.
However, it’s not immediately clear whether Meng was carrying these devices for personal use or some other purpose. Considering that iPhone 7 Plus is a three generation old device from Apple and seized MacBook Air is also not the latest model, it’s quite hard to believe that Meng was carrying these devices for a sole purpose of testing the underlying technology and components used under the hood.
The best guess: she was using these Apple devices for personal use and access general information. For rest all sensitive information, communication she was using Huawei Mate 20 RS – the device made by the company owned by her billionaire father Ren Zhengfei.
Huawei Accused For Exercising Double Standards
The revelation has sparked a debate on the Huawei policies the company wants to be followed by every employee rigorously.
Just a few months ago Huawei penalised two of its employees for tweeting from Apple iPhone. Not only those employees were demoted but also received the salary deducted of $730 a month.
China’s biggest smartphone maker which leapfrogged Apple to become the 2nd largest smartphone maker worldwide in 2018, is now gunning for the top spot.
The seized devices from Meng will be sent to British Columbia Supreme Court Registry pending an assessment of solicitor-client privilege. The objective here is to analyze the data stored in that devices as the Huawei is accused of stealing the trade secrets of Apple in the past.
The arrest of Meng is the result of an ongoing tug-of-war between Huawei and China, which is slowly becoming more troublesome for Apple as well as Huawei both. While Huawei is fighting in the court against the ban imposed by the US government, Apple is also stopped from selling older versions of iPhone in China.
In response to Meng arrest in Canada, China also detained two prominent personalities of Canada in China.
All of the detained personalities are kept under house arrest. Authorities, however, are making sure that none of them goes through any sort of trouble and has all sort of facilities and amenities at their disposal. However, Huawei has decided to sue Canada government, its border agency and federal police, alleging their client was detained, searched and interrogated for three hours in violation of her constitutional rights before arresting its CFO.