Australian Dollar at Risk From Arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wenzhou
TALKING POINTS – Australian Dollar, Huawei, Trade Wars
- CFO of Chinese tech giant Huawei arrested under charges of illegally trading with Iran
- This came only shortly after Beijing and Washington agreed to an economic ceasefire
- The Australian Dollar may continue to suffer from the prospect of a re-ignited trade war
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The Australian Dollar has fallen for five straight days since the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada. The charges levied against the tech giant executive were rooted in allegations that the company had illegally circumvented US-imposed sanctions against Iran.
Australian Dollar Falling for Five Straight Days
The firm allegedly created a shell-company (Skycom Tech) to do business with Iran while keeping the connection between the two a secret. As a result, banks that engaged in financial transactions for Huawei were supposedly indirectly doing business with Skycom, and therefore Iran. One of the charges placed against Meng includes fraud.
The US is demanding Meng’s extradition from Canada to face charges in domestic courts, possibly leading to a 30-year prison sentence or more. China is strongly opposed to Meng’s extradition. The US is eminently opposed to Canadian courts permitting Meng to post bail, given that any financial cost incurred from the release would be a drop in the pond for the CFO of the second largest smart phone manufacturer.
The timing of the scandal comes only shortly after the US and China agreed to a 90-day economic ceasefire where the two could hammer out an amicable agreement on trade policies. The debacle is straining an already fragile relationship and adding the possibility that the economic armistice may collapse and lead to a resumption of the trade war. This would likely result in the decline of the Australian and New Zealand Dollar along with other risk-on assets. Conversely, the US Dollar and Japanese Yen may outperform.
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--- Written by Dimitri Zabelin, Jr Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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