The Ministry of Justice disclosed criminal charges against Huawei Technologies Co. and its Chief Financial Officer, Mun Wangzhou, blaming China's largest telecoms company for stealing trade secrets, wire flames, violating confidentiality agreements, and violating sanctions against Iran
Two large charges claim that Huawei, his a subsidiary in Iran and Meng steal confidential information and impede justice as part of a complex and "illegal" economic scheme. Prosecutors want Meng to be extradited to the United States. She was arrested in early December by the Canadian authorities at the request of the US government.
During a press conference Monday, General Prosecutor Matthew Whittaker said Huawei has made "concerted efforts" for stealing information stored on a robot to test a T-Mobile phone called "Tappy." He said the Chinese company has instructed its employees to violate non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements with T-Mobile by taking pictures of "Tappy". In one case, Whitaker added, Huawei's representatives stole a piece of "Tappy" so his engineers in China could try to repeat the robot.
The justice ministry accused the largest smartphone maker in China of offering its employees bonuses if they stole confidential information, "Today, the accusations that are not printed clearly indicate that Huawei deliberately conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global market, "said FBI chief Christopher Ureae to reporters.
The indictments also claim that Huawei has created a shell company called Skycom to do business in Iran in violation of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States
For months the Trump administration and MPs countries have condemned the company for alleged links with the Chinese Communist leadership. After the allegations were revealed, Democratic senator Mark Warner of Virginia praised Trump's administration for the crackdown on Huawei.
"There is enough evidence to assume that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and the Communist Party ̵
Whitaker and Weyer joined the secretary and the Department of the Interior (DHS) Krassen Nielsen, Secretary of State Wilber Ross and several US attorneys for the announcement at the MOE headquarters
The announcement came after US officials met with representatives of the Chinese government this week to try brokering agreement and ending the protracted tariff war between the two giants. In addition to the trade dispute, the US and China are also competing to control the 5G infrastructure that both sides consider to be key to their economic and military success.