Justice Department files charges against tech giant Huawei

Justice Department files charges against tech giant Huawei

Justice Department files charges against tech giant Huawei

United States commerce secretary Wilbur Ross stated that the Huawei charges were "wholly separate" from ongoing trade negotiations with China.

The U.S. Department of Justice is set to announce criminal charges related to Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Monday, four sources told Reuters.

In addition, 10 USA federal charges were filed against two Huawei affiliates for stealing robot technology from T-Mobile.

News of the charges comes just as the White House is making plans for a team of high-level economic advisers to meet a delegation from China later this week to talk trade between the two countries.

In early December, Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, was arrested by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S.to face charges of violating sanctions against Iran.

Whitaker and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray both thanked Canadian officials for their help. The company is also charged with violating USA sanctions on Iran and conspiring to obstruct justice related to the investigation.

A Huawei spokesman did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment. Skycom was also charged.

Meng misled United States banks into believing the two companies were separate, according to the Justice Department.

Charges include bank and wire fraud, conspiracy and violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Meng Wanzhou has been officially charged two months after she was arrested at the Vancouver Airport.

The US said it would proceed with her formal extradition, a move certain to ratchet up tensions with China.

The U.S. government is trying to prevent American companies from buying Huawei routers and switches and is pressing allies to do the same. A jury in Seattle ruled that Huawei had misappropriated the robotic technology from T-Mobile's lab in Washington state. Huawei engineers secretly took photos of T-Mobile's robot, called Tappy, took measurements of parts of the robot and, in one instance, stole a piece of the robot, prosecutors said.

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