US drags Chinese telecom giant Huawei to the court
Bank fraud, money laundering and theft of trade secrets. The United States has indicted the Chinese telecom giant Huawei for a series of crimes. In this way the relationships between the countries, which were not good at all, will be further emphasized.
The global expansion of Huawei is based on “lies and deceit,” according to the US Department of Justice. Violations at Huawei go ‘all the way to the top of the company,’ says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
The FBI says to have emails showing that in 2013 Huawei promised bonuses to employees for stealing information from other companies. This information was sent to the company via encrypted e-mail addresses.
For example, Huawei engineers stole robotic technology from the American competitor T-Mobile. A part of the robot Tappy was even sent to China to copy. The company claimed that the employees had done this on their own initiative and dismissed them. According to the CEO of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, his company has never spied for China.
The company would also have committed bank fraud to avoid sanctions against Iran. Huawei’s financial top woman Meng Wanzhou would be directly involved. Meng was arrested in Canada on December 1, and is now threatening to be extradited to the United States. She has been released on bail for the time being, but she has to wear an ankle strap. She also submitted her passport to the Canadian authorities.
Huawei is stuck between the Chinese government and abroad. China’s national intelligence legislation requires that all organizations and individuals provide ‘support and assistance and cooperate with national intelligence’.
American politicians and telecom top people therefore demand that Huawei be forbidden to participate in the 5G network in the US, the next generation of cellular technology. New Zealand and Australia have already started banning Huawei equipment for 5G.
The British foreign intelligence service MI6 said in December that it was time for the UK to decide whether it was ‘happy with Chinese ownership of these platforms’. Dutch Prime Minister Rutte also said earlier this month that the Netherlands should ‘not naive’ deal with possible espionage for China.
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing calls the charges ‘unfair and immoral’.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the US to stop the “unreasonable oppression” of Chinese companies. Beijing also wants the arrest warrant of Meng Wanzhou to be lifted.