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US Levels 13 Criminal Charges against Tech Giant Huawei

The allegations of the US judiciary against the Chinese Huawei Group weigh heavily. She was now facing charges including the head of finance detained in Canada. US Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Chinese technology giant Huawei and several of its subsidiaries. In total, there are 13 charges and almost two dozen allegations. The focus is on the activities of Huawei subsidiary Skycom in Iran.

In this context, the US is also officially demanding the extradition of the Chinese group’s head of finance, Meng Wanzhou, detained in Canada. The allegations were made public by the US Department of Justice.

In Iran, Huawei is said to have de facto maintained a subsidiary with Skycom, although the group denied this and almost simulated a sale of the company. In addition to undermining sanctions against Iran, the Group is also charged with hundreds of millions of dollars in money laundering, fraud and other offenses. Among other things, Huawei is said to have seized trade secrets of T-Mobile illegally. It was about a test robot for mobile phones.

Potentially, such behavior also threatens US security needs, said Minister of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross pointed out that the prosecution of these crimes is unrelated to the negotiations between China and the US over the trade dispute. There it should go this week in the next round.

The Chinese government sharply criticized the indictment. The Ministry of Industry called the move unfair and immoral. The Foreign Ministry called for the immediate lifting of the arrest warrant against Meng and called on the US to end its “inappropriate oppression”.

A company spokesman for Huawei said, “The company denies that it or any subsidiary or affiliate has committed any of the alleged violations of US law in any of the lawsuits and is unaware of Ms. Meng’s violations.” Huawei is convinced that US courts would come to the same conclusion in the end.

Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of networking equipment used by telephone and Internet companies. The company has long been confronted with allegations of spying on Chinese military and security services. In Australia, the US and New Zealand, Huawei’s components and controls can no longer be used to build the new 5G system for the mobile Internet. In the UK, British Telecom has imposed a similar ban on the company.

The detention of Meng in Canada in December had led to a diplomatic dispute between China, Canada and the United States. US President Donald Trump said he would interfere in the case if it would help to reach a trade agreement with China.

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