The Trump administration has slammed 10 trade secrets charges against Huawei. That’s not all, it also slammed 13 charges against Huawei for violating sanctions. These charges were announced by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Trade secrets charges against Huawei
In a joint conference on Monday, the charges were announced and are expected to fuel tensions between China and the US. The prosecutors in Washinton accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile. They further accused the company of offering incentives to employees who are successful in stealing technology from other companies.
In a statement by the FBI, director of the FBI, Director Wray said: “The charges unsealed today are the result of years of investigative work by the #FBI and our law enforcement partners”. The FBI also slammed the Chinese giant and their affiliates for committing bank fraud and violated sanctions against Iran.
According to the indictment, T-Mobile allows Huawei engineers test phones with the help of “Tappy,” a robot that simulates smartphone use. The test was carried out at T-Mobile headquarters in Washington. Huawei took pictures of “Tappy” and stole parts to improve on its own robot.
In December last year, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada for allegedly committing fraud. She committed the fraud to bypass sanctions and do business with Iran. She has been released on bail but faces extradition to the US. The indictment also charged her for fraud.
Notwithstanding, officials from the US and China are scheduled to meet this week to discuss how to end the trade war. This new charges and indictments against Huawei will definitely affect the talks. Huawei is the largest tech and telecom giant in China and all of Asia. However, a US official says it may not affect the negotiations. According to him, the indictments are “wholly separate from trade negotiations.”