Document: Indictment of Huawei, Huawei Subsidiaries and CFO Meng Wanzhou

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Meng - who was arrested in Vancouver on Dec 1 at Washington's request - is expected to fight extradition to the United States, amid heavy pressure on Canada from Beijing, whose subsequent detention of two Canadians is seen as an act of retaliation for Meng's arrest.

A Huawei spokesman did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment. The charges follow the December 1 arrest of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng, who faces the possibility of decades in jail.

The accusations state that this was done so that the company could conduct business in Iran. It arose from a multiyear investigation into potential violations by Chinese companies of United States sanctions on Iran. Meng specifically is charged with wire fraud and bank fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. She is the CFO and deputy chairwoman of Huawei Technologies as well as the daughter of the company's founder, Ren Zhengfei.

Her bail was set at $ 10 million. US Commerce Sercetary Wilbur Ross insists the Huawei cases are "wholly separate" from trade negotiatons. The robot, which mimics human fingers, was developed by the phone carrier to test smartphones.

In the T-Mobile case, Huawei was charged with misappropriating robotic technology from one of T-Mobile's labs located in Bellevue, Washington.

When T-Mobile's civil suit was filed in 2014, a U.S. Huawei spokesman blamed the episode on "two Huawei employees acting inappropriately in their zeal to better understand the customer's quality testing requirements", and said they had been fired.

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He said he was concerned about Huawei devices in U.S. telecommunications networks. They falsely claimed that Huawei had sold its interest in Skycom to an unrelated third party in 2007 and that Skycom was merely Huawei's local business partner in Iran. The company could also face a fine of up to $500,000 for wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

During the investigation, the FBI uncovered emails dated from 2013 from Huawei, promising to pay bonuses to employees who steal information from other companies around the world.

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

The Justice Department on Monday charged China's largest smartphone maker with bank fraud and stealing trade secrets, in a move that will likely heighten already-elevated tensions between the US and Beijing.

The Jan. 28 press conference.

"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 worldwide business practices", said FBI Director Chris Wray. "So that's why it creates the national-security implications that we're concerned about". The United States has embarked on a global campaign to block Huawei from providing the backbone of the next generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, saying the company poses risks to national security.

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