Huawei Denies All Charges in US Indictments

Huawei Denies All Charges in US Indictments

U.S. treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he expects "significant progress" at a critical meeting between Chinese and United States trade officials that begins in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, in spite of the raft of criminal charges the USA launched against Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei earlier this week. Last week, Vodafone, one of the world's biggest mobile phone companies, said it would stop using Huawei gear in its core networks.

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker says, "We are announcing that we are bringing criminal charges against telecommunications giant Huawei and its associates for almost two dozen alleged crimes".

The foreign ministry complained Washington has "mobilised state power" to hurt Chinese companies "in an attempt to strangle fair and just operations" for political reasons.

Meng, the company's chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on December 1.

Meng, who was arrested at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on December 1 and has since lived under strict conditions that restrict her to one of two homes owned by her family in the West Coast city, is mentioned numerous times in a 13-count indictment that was announced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday. Also charged are two of the company's affiliates and its chief financial officer, Meng Wangzhou.

These charges follow a string of allegations related to Huawei, which some countries, including the United Kingdom, fear China could be using equipment made on its soil to spy or sabotage foreign nations.


There was no allegation Huawei was working at the Chinese government's direction. The previous round of US-Sino talks was held in Beijing on January 7-9.

Another Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, was recently sentenced to death in China for drug-smuggling offences - a sentence Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Chinese officials of "arbitrarily" applying.

The firm added that - after Ms Meng's arrest - it had tried meeting with the US Department of Justice to discuss the investigation but its request "was rejected without explanation". On Tuesday, Huawei said that the jury had "found neither damages nor wilful and malicious conduct" on a theft of trade secrets claim.

China also urged the Canadian side to treat China's stance seriously, immediately release Meng and protect her legitimate rights, and not be a cat's paw for the United States, he said.

Tensions between the U.S. and China are increasing ahead of ministerial-level trade talks scheduled to start on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed Dec 1 to put off any further sanctions against each other's exports while they negotiated.


Huawei and the affiliates also lied to U.S. authorities, obstructing the investigation, they said.

US commerce secretary Ross said in a statement the charges were "wholly separate" from US-China trade negotiations. 'The difference in understanding will bring about complicated problems'.

The charges include bank fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and sanction violations. It awarded T-Mobile $4.8 million for a breach of contract claim.

The Justice Department charged that the Chinese company had, in July 2013, offered bonuses to employees "based on the value of information they stole from other companies around the world, and provided to Huawei via an encrypted email address".

Huawei denied committing any of the violations cited in Monday's indictment by the Justice Department.


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