US to announce criminal charges related to China's Huawei

Huawei not threat to Britain's security: Chinese envoy

Huawei not threat to Britain's security: Chinese envoy

The criminal charges in Brooklyn and Seattle come as trade talks between China and the US are scheduled for this week. U.S. include theft of trade secrets, conspiracy, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice.

The US Justice Department has filed a host of criminal charges against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

Huawei is accused of stealing robot technology from T-Mobile for building smartphones.

It arose from a multiyear investigation into potential violations by Chinese companies of US sanctions on Iran.

"Both sets of charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace", said FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Meng misled USA banks into believing the two companies were separate, according to the Justice Department. Huawei and Skycom are charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and conspiracy to violate IEEPA, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The U.S. has been expected to announce charges against Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou since she was arrested in Vancouver in December by Canadian police.

The indictment alleges Huawei misled the U.S. and a global bank about its relationship with subsidiaries to conduct business with Iran.

Huawei has always been considered a cybersecurity risk by USA authorities.

Meng's arrest nearly two months ago touched off an ongoing diplomatic furor that resulted Sunday in the firing of John McCallum as Canada's ambassador to China after he publicly expressed confidence in her ability to fight extradition to the United States. A jury in Seattle ruled that Huawei had misappropriated the robotic technology from T-Mobile's lab in Washington state.

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