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Huawei Officially Charged With Technology Theft And Sanctions Violations By US

Huawei Officially Charged With Technology Theft And Sanctions Violations By US
Tensions between the United States and China is likely to be ratcheted and the forthcoming trade negotiations between the two largest economies of the world is likely to be impacted by sweeping charges pronounced against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei by the US Justice Department.  The charges were framed in two cases and included the arrest of a top Huawei executive in Canada at the behest of the US.
The 13 charges were brought by the US in relation to violating US sanctions on Iran were brought against Huawei Technologies, the chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou of the company who is the daughtwer of the founder of Huawei and is now out on bail in Canada and facing extradition case, and two affiliate companies of the Chinese firm.
There is diplomatic tension between China and Canada following the arrest of Meng.
Two Huawei affiliates were also held responsible for stealing robot technology from T-Mobile and 10 US federal charges were filed against them.
"Both sets of charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace," said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 at the behest of the US and is slated to fight a case against her extradition to the US as Washington has asked Canada top extradite her. There has however been pressure on Canada from China over the issue and the relationship between Canada and Beijing sour3ed after two Canadians were arrested in China after Meng’s arrest which has been viewed as the retaliation by China in response to Meng's arrest.
The extradition request would be sent by a January 30 deadline, said acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The case would be heard in Canada on February 6.
The indictment by the US Judicial Department had nothing against alleged Chinese government involvement in either case, Whitaker said.
He however added, "As I told Chinese officials in August, China must hold its citizens and Chinese companies accountable for complying with the law."
The general terms by Canadian authorities had already revealed the broader allegations against Meng which had been filed against her in federal court in New York.
The charges allege that Meng, Huawei and the subsidiaries tried to cover up their transactions with Iran in violation of a US and United Nations sanctions on Tehran between 2007 and 2017.
The charges claims that Meng had specifically "repeatedly lied" to bankers in relation to the link between the companies - specifically with Skycom, a Huawei affiliate in Iran. And those were in violation of the US laws according to the US Justice Department since transactions with Iran involved US-dollar transactions that were processed by banks through the United States.
They said that the investigation was obstructed because Huawei and the affiliates also lied to US authorities.
In the second case, the US Justice Department has alleged that there was a specific effort by Huawei to steal American technology related to a phone-testing robot form the US telecom company T-Mobile from its lab in Washington state.
Whitaker said the pictures were taken and measurement of parts of the robot was made by engineers of Huawei — supplying T-Mobile with phones at that time. Whitaker said that the Huawei engineers were engaged in "even stealing a piece of it."
There are speculation that the US charges against Huawei could cloud the impending trade negotiations between the US and China
The charges were "wholly separate from our trade negotiations with China", said Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce, while speaking together with Justice Department officials while announcing the indictments.
"Commerce will continue to work with our interagency partners to protect US national security interests,"​ he however added.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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