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U.S. charges Huawei with violating sanctions and stealing trade secrets

U.S. charges Huawei with violating sanctions and stealing trade secrets

The charges, contained in two newly unsealed indictments, allege that Huawei misrepresented its ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary to circumvent American sanctions against Iran.

"As you can tell from the number and magnitude of the charges, Huawei and its senior executives repeatedly refused to respect U.S. law and standard global business practices", said FBI Director Chris Wray.

While in a Vancouver courthouse to discuss her bail, a lawyer with Canada's Justice Department alleged she defrauded USA banks into making transactions that violated those sanctions, according to Bloomberg.

Huawei allegedly wanted to build its own Tappy robot for testing phones before its handsets were sent to T-Mobile, so its engineers secretly took the robot's photos and measurements.

The arrest of Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder at Vancouver's airport, has in particular led to the worst relations between Canada and China since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn, New York, charged Huawei - and Meng - with money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.

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Maduro has accused the United States of promoting a coup against him and promised to stay in office. In the face of growing pressure Nicholas Maduro said "we don't want to be a North American colony".

Huawei's Meng is expected to be on the receiving end for her alleged role in helping her company cover up sanctions violations related to Iran.

Prosecutors are seeking Meng's extradition to the U.S. She was arrested in early December by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. government.

The charges add to pressure on Huawei, the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, from the U.S. government, which is trying to prevent American companies from buying Huawei routers and switches and pressing allies to do the same. "I'd also like to thank our law-enforcement partners in Canada for their continued and invaluable assistance to the United States in law-enforcement matters like this one". At issue are allegations that Chinese companies are stealing intellectual property from US tech companies. McCallum, formerly a longtime Liberal MP and cabinet minister, had publicly expressed confidence in Meng's case against any us extradition order. Apart from the trade dispute, the US and China are also competing for control over 5G infrastructure, which both countries believe is key to their economic and military success.

"Those two things are not linked; they're a totally separate process", Sanders said.

The charges come just two days before the Trump administration plans to resume trade talks with the Chinese government in Washington.


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