United States Files Criminal Charges Against Huawei Technologies of China


The Chinese company denied any wrongdoing and expressed its frustration for not getting the chance to help clear its name of the charges following the arrest of its CFO in Vancouver, B.C.

"China will resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests of its enterprises", he added.

The 13-count indictment, which includes allegations against Huawei, Huawei USA and Skycom Tech in addition to Meng, charges that the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud and then did commit that fraud against four worldwide banks with operations in the United States and the European Union. The announcement was made just days before trade talks are set to take place between the United States and China.

A Canadian court will now decide whether to proceed with extradition procedures.

In mid-August, the US Congress passed, and President Donald Trump signed, a law specifically US from purchasing or using telecommunications and surveillance products from Chinese companies like ZTE and Huawei - both of which are.

Her lawyer Reid Weingarten said Meng "should not be a pawn or a hostage" in "complex" Sino-US relations.

"China calls on the U.S. to treat Chinese companies in an objective and fair manner", Geng said in the statement, adding that the country will firmly defend the legitimate interests of Chinese enterprises. But Huawei says the scrutiny has had little impact on its business elsewhere. Prosecuters allege Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, lied to banks about those dealings.

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They say Meng "repeatedly lied" to bankers and that Huawei obstructed justice by destroying evidence and putting witnesses beyond the reach of USA law enforcement. In particular, the decision to prosecute Meng Wanzhou - daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei - has riled Beijing and increased concerns around the globe of a new Cold War. It was these charges that led to her arrest in Vancouver in December 2018. "Today should serve as a warning that we will not tolerate businesses that viol‌ate our laws, obstruct justice or jeopardize national and economic well-being".

In 2017 a Seattle jury found Huawei liable for misappropriating robotic technology from T-Mobile, including Tappy.

"I can confirm that the United States has filed a formal request with my department for the extradition of Ms. Meng", Justice Minister David Lametti told reporters in Ottawa. McCallum called on the Canadian government to release Meng, suggesting Canada was caught in the middle of a superpower struggle.

Meng also appeared in a British Columbia court Tuesday concerning her request to change the sureties responsible for her $7.5 million bail, the Globe and Mail reported.

China's foreign ministry urged the U.S. to drop the arrest warrant and end "unreasonable suppression" of Chinese companies.

Prosecutors also allege that Huawei stole trade secrets, including the technology behind a robotic device that T-Mobile used to test smartphones, prosecutors said.

Meng Wanzhou the CFO who is now under house arrest in Canada was a director of Huawei's Australian subsidiary between October 2005 and August 2011, according to corporate records.