Huawei: US charges Chinese telecoms giant with stealing trade secrets

Huawei: US charges Chinese telecoms giant with stealing trade secrets

Huawei: US charges Chinese telecoms giant with stealing trade secrets

The U.S. Department of Justice is formally levelling criminal charges against Chinese tech juggernaut Huawei Technologies, two subsidiaries and Meng Wanzhou, the influential chief financial officer who has been free on bail in Vancouver since she was arrested by Canadian authorities almost two months ago.

The indictment alleges that Huawei stole robotic technology created to test smartphones from American cellular company T-Mobile.

Part of the charges stems from a civil suit between Huawei and T-mobile in which the US carrier accused the Chinse firm of stealing its intellectual properties.

The US Justice Department unsealed on Monday indictments against China's Huawei Technologies, two subsidiaries and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. She has been living under surveillance in Canada ever since.

The charges come just days before US and Chinese delegates are due to resume trade talks in Washington, although Whitaker said the investigations were independent to the negotiations. Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker confirmed that the DOJ will file an extradition request by the deadline of January 30. "China should be concerned about criminal activities by Chinese companies - and China should take action". The efforts allegedly began in 2012.

Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, was on Monday criminally charged by the U.S. with stealing trade secrets, defrauding banks and obstructing justice.

Today, thanks to the unsealing of two indictments, we're learning that the US DOJ has officially charged Huawei with a series of federal crimes.

FBI Director Wray said that "Huawei has repeatedly refused to respect United States law".

The charges unveiled on Monday include allegations of financial fraud levied against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada at the request of the United States and is now awaiting extradition hearings.

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In that civil case, T-Mobile accused Huawei of stealing proprietary robotics technology that the telecom company used to diagnose quality control issues in mobile phones.

The department also unsealed charges against Huawei for theft of trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice regarding the company's alleged theft of trade secrets from T-Mobile.

In the T-Mobile case, Huawei was charged with misappropriating robotic technology from one of T-Mobile's labs located in Bellevue, Washington.

AT&T and Verizon reportedly dropped plans to offer Huawei's Mate 10 smartphone previous year after being pressured by the us government.

The indictment also says that Huawei relied on global banking relationships for financial services including processing US-dollar transactions through the US.

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office in Vancouver, Dec. 12, 2018.

Meng is now free on bail in Vancouver as the USA seeks her extradition. The communist nation sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on January 14 on drug charges in a case that has direct links to Canada's decision. A spokesman did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

The announcement came not only as tensions rise in the tariffs war between the USA and China but also as the United States has stepped up efforts to crack down on what it contends has been China's espionage activities to steal American technology.

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