US files more charges against Huawei

2020-02-14 HKT 05:34

The US Justice Department has brought more criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei, its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou and several of its subsidiaries, accusing the company of plotting to steal trade secrets from competitors.

The company is also accused of installing surveillance equipment that enabled Iranian authorities to monitor and subsequently detain protesters during anti-government demonstrations in 2009, and of lying to competitors and US government about business it was doing in North Korea despite the imposition of sanctions there.

Meng is currently fighting extradition from Canada, where she had been arrested at US request over a related probe into Huawei’s violations of US sanctions.

The case comes as the Trump administration is raising national security concerns about Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and is aggressively lobbying Western allies against including the company in the latest 5G wireless networks.

The latest indictment brought by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn adds charges of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets to the earlier charges of lying to banks about deals that violated economic sanctions against Iran. Federal prosecutors in Seattle have brought a separate trade secrets theft case against the company.

The latest allegations accuse Huawei of plotting to steal the trade secrets and intellectual property of rival companies in the US In some cases, prosecutors said, Huawei recruited former employees of rival companies and also offered bonuses to its own employees to steal information from competitors.

The company also used proxies, including professors at research institutions, to steal intellectual property, prosecutors said.

The stolen information including antenna and robot testing technology as well as user manuals for internet routers.

In May 2013, according to the indictment, a Huawei employee removed a robot arm from the lab of another company, and measurements and photographs of the arm were then shared with company engineers.

In another allegation, a professor at a Chinese university entered into a contract with Huawei to develop prototype software for memory hardware, then signed a licensing agreement with a rival company that offered the professor access to its own proprietary technology.

The company has consistently denied the allegations against it.

Trump administration officials have recently levelled national security allegations against Huawei in an effort to encourage European nations to ban the gear from next-generation cellular networks. (AP)

Source: RTHK “US files more charges against Huawei”

Note: This is RTHK’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

6 Comments on “US files more charges against Huawei”

  1. Bkkang says:

    US is frivolously and ‘trumped’ up charges against Huawei so that Canada will have to extradite (Miss Meng as a bargaining chip ).ln addition,they would not want pay any patents rights of Huawei 5G technology in US. They would argue that Huawei today were because they stole American companies IP of yesterday and all their IP rights are not legal in their point of view.(Rubio the Bxxxxxx)


    • Simon says:

      China invented the rocket by using gunpowder. Perhaps China should have the rights to diverge all rocket technology from other nations including NASA. If the American gave themselves the right to Huawei patent rights then it would be an own goal because they can no longer be the moral guardian of IP rights and would allow China and everyone else to tear up American origin patents and at the moment America will have more to lose.


  2. John Wilkes Booth says:

    LOL…let me get this straight…the US is accusing Huawei of stealing trade secrets, yet it’s clear to practically everyone who works in the telcom industry that Huawei’s 5G offerings are more advanced and years ahead of the competition, not to mention that Huawei has filed more 5G patents than anyone else. So why would the company with the more advanced products need to steal trade secrets from less advanced competitors? Doesn’t make any sense. And what exactly is the purpose of bringing up random irrelevant events from 2009 and 2013, when at that time most of the world was still using 3G and barely rolling out 4G? What does any of that have to do with 5G in 2020? To me, it sounds like after the UK and Germany both defied the US call to ban Huawei last week, the US is now desperately playing out its last cards here before ultimately being forced to fold.


  3. Allen Lau says:

    The Americans do not have leverage to influence markets outside the US.

    Why then are they bringing the new or rehashed accusations? Banning US companies from doing business with Huawei will cost the US. The US also loses prestige in the world as the actions are clearly bullying and smear tactics.

    I would keep an eye on what the US does to the Huawei intellectual properties. Huawei holds the most 5G patents. Mark Rubio has expressed the viewpoint that the US can expropriate the Huawei patents. I hope the US does not continue to abuses the law. No, the US cannot jail or kill citizens of other countries on “trumped” up charges.


    • Steve says:

      True – but, the US politicians are rogues. They steal, smear and slaughter. Meng Wanzhou faces extradition from Canada to US prison. Iranian general Suleiman was assassinated on Trump’s orders.

      The positive issue is that UK, one of the 5 eyes would have known All the hidden charges the US has against Huawei, but still went ahead with Huawei 5G. Pompeo has thrown everything at Huawei, this latest hidden charges will be his last ‘hopelessness.”


      • Steve says:

        This gang of hoodlums including the justice dept. Supports the indictment against Huawei. Looks the united scoundrels of america has turned mobsters.


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