The Department of Justice (DOJ) has unveiled criminal charges against Huawei Technologies Co. and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, accusing the largest telecommunications company in China of stealing trade secrets, committing telematic fraud, violating confidentiality agreements and violating sanctions against Iran.
A couple of radical allegations state that Huawei, its affiliate in Iran and Meng has stolen confidential information and hindered justice as part of an elaborate "illegal" economic scheme. Prosecutors are looking for Meng's extradition to the United States. She was arrested at the beginning of December by the Canadian authorities at the request of the United States government.
At a Monday press conference, Deputy Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said that Huawei made a "concerted effort" to steal information stored on a T-Mobile robot called "Tappy". He said that the Chinese company has instructed its employees to violate the non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements with T-Mobile by taking pictures of "Tappy". On one occasion, added Whitaker, Huawei's representatives stole a piece of "Tappy" so that its engineers in China could try to replicate the robot.
The Justice Department has accused China's largest smartphone maker to offer its bonus employees if they have stolen confidential information. "The uncleared allegations clearly state that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global market," FBI director Christopher Wray told reporters.
The allegations also state that Huawei has established a comfortable company called Skycom to do business in Iran, in violation of Iran's economic sanctions imposed by the United States.
For months, the Trump administration and legislators on both sides have reported the company for alleged links to the Chinese Communist leadership. After the allegations were unveiled, Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia praised the Trump administration for its crackdown on Huawei.
"There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and the Communist Party – and Huawei, which the government and the Chinese army claim as" national champion ", is no exception. that Huawei poses a threat to our national security and I applaud the Trump administration for taking steps to eventually make the company accountable, "Warner wrote in a statement.
Whitaker and Wray were joined by the Department of Homeland Secretary (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and several US attorneys for the announcement of the DOJ headquarters.
The announcement was made while US officials were supposed to meet with representatives of the Chinese government this week to try to negotiate an elusive trade agreement and end the prolonged tariff war between the two economic giants. In addition to the trade dispute, the United States and China are also competing for control of the 5G infrastructure, which both countries believe is essential for their economic and military success.