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Sanctioned: The Arrest of a Telecom Giant

CBC Vancouver's Stephen Quinn narrates this story of international intrigue and one woman's fight for liberty set against a dramatic battle to dominate the economies of the future.

Podcast about the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou available now!

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The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in December 2018 plunged Canada in the middle of a global trade war at an unprecedented moment in telecommunications history.

In a new CBC Vancouver original podcast, Sanctioned: The Arrest of a Telecom Giant, Stephen Quinn narrates this story of international intrigue and one woman's fight for liberty set against a dramatic battle to dominate the economies of the future.

Sanctioned tells the gripping story of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, but takes a step back to explain the context behind the affair involving a telecoms superpower, the technological arms race over 5G, Iranian sanctions, trade wars, geopolitics and why this matters to you.

It's complicated, but Stephen Quinn will guide you through it, speaking to CBC journalists and other experts who were on the scene when the world's eyes turned to Vancouver.

Sanctioned: The Arrest of a Telecom Giant is available on on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, CBC Podcasts and other podcast platforms.

Episode 1: The Arrival - Meng Wanzhou lands in Vancouver on what was supposed to be a routine transit stop. Instead, she finds herself under arrest, accused of violating economic sanctions in Iran and facing the possibility of jail in the United States.

Episode 2: The Family Business - As Meng Wanzhou appears in a Vancouver courtroom for the first time, the story of her remarkable career with Huawei emerges. And questions are raised about the Chinese government's role in the powerhouse firm her father built from the ground up.

Episode 3: PowerPoint - Meng Wanzhou faces a week in a British Columbia jail. It's a remarkable change in fortunes for a woman who once welcomed former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan to an economic forum. And a revolution in Iran leads to sanctions that will one day make a PowerPoint presentation Exhibit A in the case of the People V Meng.

Episode 4: Firestorm - News breaks of Meng's arrest and the international media descends on Vancouver as Meng Wanzhou's local real estate holdings make her a poster-child for a city riven by real estate speculation by wealthy Chinese.

Episode 5: Retaliation - As Meng Wanzhou's lawyers craft a plan for her release, China shows its displeasure with the arrest of an icon by arresting two Canadians accused of spying. President Donald Trump weighs in on the situation and Meng's friends step forward to support her.

Episode 6: Indictment - Now living under a form of house arrest, Meng Wanzhou plans her legal strategy as tensions simmer between the U.S., China and Canada.. Prosecutors unseal an indictment against Meng and Huawei and a Canadian faces the death penalty.