Ming was arrested in Vancouver, Canada in 2018 on the basis of a U.S. arrest warrant, and is seeking to prevent her extradition to the United States over allegations that Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran in a case that sparked a crisis in Canadian-Chinese relations.
As part of a “deferred prosecution deal” with the US Department of Justice, the newspaper said Ming will plead guilty to a series of fraud and conspiracy alleged alleged violations by Huawei.
Both sides hope to reach an agreement by the end of President Donald Trump’s term, noting that Ming is reluctant to agree to an agreement under which she committed offenses, the sources say.
Ming’s arrest worsened relations between Canada and China, and Beijing arrested the Canadians Michael Covrig and Michael Spur, which the West saw as a retaliatory response.
According to the newspaper, the deal could pave the way for the Canadians’ release, citing sources close to the file.
Until now, Ming’s lawyers have tried to block the extradition process, claiming that their client’s rights were violated during her arrest, which Canada has denied.
Ming says he is a victim of political persecution, and the United States is attacking Huawei in an effort to limit China’s technological advancement.
The US has imposed severe sanctions on Huawei, preventing foreign semiconductor manufacturers from selling chips made with US technology to the company.
Many Western countries have banned the use of Huawei hardware or are considering withdrawing it from the 5G network due to concerns about Chinese espionage. Huawei officials said the attacks were driven by the US’s desire to overthrow a successful business competitor.
Beijing did not comment on the report released on Friday, but renewed Canada’s calls to release Ming and allow her to return to China.
“Ming Wanzhou is innocent,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a press conference Friday. “She did not commit any of the alleged crimes in the United States and Canada.”
“The nature of the Ming-Wanzhou case is very clear,” she added. “It is entirely related to the US political goals of restricting the growth of Chinese high-tech companies, and Canada has played a very shameful role in this.”