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United States accused Huawei of industrial espionage and technology theft

The Chinese company claims it has never broken the law.

The US Department of Justice indicted the Chinese company Huawei, its financial director Meng Wanzhou, and divisions in the United States and Iran.

The 23 counts of charges include industrial espionage and theft of technology. According to the Ministry of Justice, Huawei has violated laws for at least the past 10 years and with the participation of the company’s management.

According to the American authorities, Huawei was involved in bank fraud, money laundering and embezzlement of trade secrets. The Chinese company also violated the sanctions regime against Iran and obstructed justice, the Justice Ministry said. According to the prosecution, Huawei experts tried to steal T-Mobile equipment to check the quality of smartphones: for this, they contrary to the rules took a picture of the robot, measured it and stole part of it.

Huawei representatives rejected the accusations and said they did not violate US laws, and settled the dispute with T-Mobile. The Chinese government has criticized the US government, noting that the United States “is using state power to crack down on certain Chinese companies.”

For the first time about the investigation against Huawei became known from the material of The Wall Street Journal on January 17. The case was opened after several civil lawsuits against the Chinese company, the publication found out.

In December 2018 in Canada, at the request of the United States, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou , was detained . She was later released on bail of $ 7.5 million: she is now under house arrest.


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