The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal complaints against Huawei Technologies Co. and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who are accusing China's largest telecommunications company of stealing trade secrets, hijacking wiretaps, breaching confidentiality agreements, and violating Iran
A few broad charges allege that Huawei, its subsidiary in Iran and Meng, has stolen confidential information and obstructed justice as part of a complicated and "illegal" economic system. The prosecutors demand the extradition of Meng to the US. It was arrested by Canadian authorities in early December at the request of the US government.
During a press conference on Monday, incumbent Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Huawei had made "joint efforts" to steal information stored on a T-Mobile test robot called "Tappy". The Chinese company has ordered its employees to violate the confidentiality and confidentiality agreements with T-Mobile by taking photos of "Tappy". Whitaker added that Huawei's representatives had stolen a piece of "Tappy" so that the engineers in China could try to replicate the robot.
The Department of Justice accused China's largest smartphone maker of offering bonuses to its employees if they had stolen confidential information. "The uncovered allegations today clearly state that Huawei had deliberately plotted to steal the intellectual property of an American company to undermine the free and fair global market," FBI Director Christopher Wray told reporters.
The indictment also alleges that Huawei set up a shell company called Skycom to do business in Iran, which violates US economic sanctions imposed on Iran.
For months, Trump's government and its legislators have been condemning the company for alleged ties to China's communist leadership. After the indictment was revealed, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner praised the Trump administration for its crackdown on Huawei.
"There is much evidence that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and the Communist Party ̵
Whitaker and Wray were assisted by Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland (DHS), Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and several US attorneys for the announcement at DOJ Headquarters.
The announcement came when US officials were meeting representatives of the Chinese government this week to try to negotiate an elusive trade agreement and end the lengthy customs war between the two economic giants. Apart from the trade dispute, the US and China are also competing for control of the 5G infrastructure, which both countries consider key to their economic and military success.