Criminal investigation being held by United States against Huawei: WSJ report

by Ben Pena January 18, 2019, 0:42
Criminal investigation being held by United States against Huawei: WSJ report

The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, said the Department of Justice is looking into allegations of theft of trade secrets from Huawei's U.S. business partners, including a T-Mobile robotic device used to test smartphones.

Federal prosecutors are reportedly launching an investigation into Huawei over allegations it stole trade secrets from United States companies.

Citing anonymous sources, the Journal said that an indictment could be coming soon on allegations that Huawei stole Tappy, a T-Mobile technology which mimicked human fingers and was used to test smartphones.

Neither the US Justice Department, nor Huawei, provided comment for the article.

Huawei has been under increasing pressure in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere amid growing concerns that Beijing could use the company's equipment for spying, something Huawei executives have denied.

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In a related move, lawmakers introduced a bill to ban the export of American parts and components to Chinese telecom companies that are in violation of United States export control or sanctions laws, with Huawei and fellow Chinese firm ZTE the likely targets. A jury in 2017 ruled that Huawei misappropriated T-Mobile's trade secrets and awarded $4.8 million to T-Mobile, according to FierceWireless.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has pushed European allies to block Huawei from telecom networks, and slapped tariffs on China in part to limit its access to next-generation technologies. Huawei is a national champion but has always been viewed with suspicion in Washington, with its equipment banned from American communications networks. "If Chinese telecom companies like Huawei violate our sanctions or export control laws, they should receive nothing less than the death penalty - which this denial order would provide". Meng is facing charges in the US related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.

Handelsblatt quoted Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei as saying his company had never received a request from a government to transmit information in violation of any regulations.

"Huawei is effectively an intelligence-gathering arm of the Chinese Communist Party whose founder and CEO was an engineer for the People's Liberation Army", Senator Cotton wrote in a statement.

Huawei is the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment and considered a "national champion" in China. "Huawei is a sustained target, and the USA government is saying Huawei is a unsafe company and should be stopped", he said. USA lawmakers have also banded together to ban chip sales to Huawei, ZTE, and other mainland companies to over sanctions violations.

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