The U.S. Department of Justice has filed several lawsuits against Huawei and top woman Meng Wanzhou. The company is accused of fraud, but according to the Chinese authorities, the charges are unfair and also immoral. Nevertheless, the United States is increasing the pressure on the Chinese tech company.
Huawei is facing increasing criticism from Western countries. The Wall Street Journal reports last Monday that Huawei is accused of ignoring the American sanctions against Iran. Not only that: according to the Americans, the company also stole trade secrets from T-Mobile US. Furthermore, top woman Meng Wanzhou is accused of bank fraud and deliberately obstructing the judiciary.
During a press conference, prosecutor Matthew Whitaker told that Huawei had deliberately stolen information about the T-Mobile telephone test robot Tappy. For example, the company had ordered its employees to break the confidentiality obligation and take pictures of the robot. Also, one of Huawei’s employees would have stolen one of the robot’s parts, so that an attempt could be made to imitate it in China.
The law also accuses the company of promising its employees bonuses of stealing classified information. Moreover, Huawei was able to do business in Iran via the company Skycom, which was set up especially for this purpose. That was a violation of the American trade ban with the country.
Huawei has been dealing with accusations from the Americans for some time now. In China, for example, there is a law requiring companies to cooperate with all government requests. The American accusation is that Huawei may be involved in espionage for this reason. It would also make it impossible for the company to participate in the development of 5G networks.
The company denies all accusations, and the Chinese government, too, has now made its contribution by calling them immoral and unjustified. In the meantime, the issue of top woman Wanzhou is also creating increasing tensions. The top woman was arrested on 1 December 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. There she could go on bail, but she had to hand in her passport and wear an ankle bracelet. Since then, the Chinese have arrested a number of Canadians, creating increasing tensions between countries.This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.