Meng Wanzhou Her Gilded Cage Vancouver Prison

Meng Wanzhou Her Gilded Cage Vancouver Prison

Meng Wanzhou her gilded cage Vancouver prison is magnificent.

The chief financial officer of one of the world’s largest technology companies – Huawei – for now lives in a $5.6 million mansion.

But soon she could be living in even more luxury.

Wanzhou is renovating another home in Vancouver’s most exclusive neighborhood – Shaughnessy.

The house is owned by her husband, Liu Xiaozong, also known as Carlos.

It is valued at $16.3 million.

In the meantime she is driven around in a black chauffeur driven SUV, with a major security detail in tow, following her in several cars.

Wanzhou is awaiting extradition to the United States on corruption charges.

Canadian authorities arrested her last December in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities.

She was released on $10 million bail.

And she has to be back in court on February 6.

The U.S. has notified Canada they want to proceed with the extradition.

The Americans had until  the end of January to make their case why Wanzhou should be extradited.

Her arrest and Canadian detention has set off a political furore between Canada and China.

China has detained up to 13 Canadians, with two left in Chinese prisons.

The Chinese claim they have violated Chinese law.

And China is bullying Canada now as a result of the Wanzhou arrest.

Meng Wanzhou Her Gilded Cage Vancouver Prison

But this does not affect Wanzhou.

She goes about her daily business wearing an electronic ankle strap that tracks all her movements.

Likewise she has to obey strict curfew rules and cannot travel outside a 100 kilometre radius from her home.

The house she resides in is in Dunbar, once a middle-class Vancouver neighborhood, dotted with tree-lined streets.

The area is idyllic.

Downtown Vancouver is 10 minutes away.

The ocean a mere five minutes.

There are endless parks and recreational facilities, many within walking distance.

But it is a neighbourhood that has changed dramatically over the years.

The influx of wealthy Chinese has seen small bungalows built after World War II being replaced by large mansions.

And old homes being sold, torn down, replaced by huge mansions, is a constant these days.

Wanzhou’s 24-hour surveillance is costly.

Bloomberg News estimates it to be around $7,000 (U.S.) a day.

Meng Wanzhou Her Gilded Cage Vancouver Prison

That amounts to a whopping $2.5 million (U.S.) a year.

And she pays for it.

And she may well pay for it for several years.

Extradition often is a messy and lengthy process.

And her extradition process could last for two years.

It has reached the point where she has indicated that she would like to go back to school.

Her choice – to get a PhD in business administration.

The place is the University of British Columbia at the Sauder School of Business.

Huawei has many ties with UBC. It sponsors next-generation technology through generous grants.

Also Telus, one of Canada’s major telecommunications companies with head office in Vancouver, uses Huawei technology.

Vancouver is a familiar place for her.

She, her children, and husband used to live there.

Her children went to school in Vancouver.

Huawei is the world’s largest telecommunications company.

It employs 180,000 people in more than 170 countries.

Her father is the world’s 83rd richest person.

His net worth is estimated at $3.2 billion (U.S.).

In Canada more than 700 people are Huawei employees.

For now  Meng Wanzhou is living life as close as possible as what it used to be like.

But come January 30 that all could change

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