Ghosn, Meng and the dangers of 'arrested diplomacy'

On Nov 19 last year, Carlos Ghosn, the former chief executive of Nissan, was arrested at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on suspicion of under-reporting income and misusing corporate funds for personal purposes; he remains in custody.

Less than two weeks later, Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei and daughter of its founder, was arrested in transit at Vancouver's airport on charges by the United States that Huawei had violated US sanctions against Iran; out on bail, she now awaits an extradition hearing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2019, with the headline 'Ghosn, Meng and the dangers of 'arrested diplomacy''. Subscribe