Why Markets Tumbled After the Huawei Arrest

Dec 6 – Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, one of China's largest tech companies, was arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States for allegedly violating Iran sanctions.

Huawei is one of China's largest technology conglomerates and what happens next could have global consequences, notes Wall Street Journal's Jon Emont in the video above.

"Meng was arrested as she was changing flights in Vancouver on Saturday, the same day Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed on a ceasefire in their trade fight over issues like technology transfer, espionage and intellectual property. Huawei reflects issues at the very center of the dispute," he says.

Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone maker and the world's biggest maker of telecom equipment. It has invested heavily into nationally strategic technologies, including 5G wireless networks, and because of its perceived ties to the Chinese government, the United States and other western countries have either banned or placed restrictions on Huawei technology for domestic use.

"With China and the US already beginning fresh trade negotiations, her arrest is not going to make this tense relationship any easier," Jon says.