From our correspondent in Washington
four days of the meeting in Washington between vice prime minister of china, Liu He, and the President Trump, the justice Department dares to indict Huawei, a number one chinese technology, industrial espionage and fraud.
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The Department of commerce insists on the fact that the proceedings against Huawei are "totally separated" from trade negotiations with Beijing that Liu He comes to lead. So far, the case illustrates the posture of the United States against China since the installation of Donald Trump at the White House. More question to grant extenuating circumstances to Beijing in order not to lose contracts to american companies in China.The daughter of the founder always assigned to residence in Canada
The double indictment announced Monday evening in the u.s. capital complements the delicate matter of Meng Wanzhou, cfo of Huawei, aged 46 years, daughter of the founder of the giant chinese telecommunications. This last, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada, in early December, is placed under house arrest with an electronic bracelet, in the meantime, the canadian court decides if an extradition process requested by Washington is based.
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The man who runs the Department of justice as acting, Matthew Whitaker, flanked by the secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross and boss of the FBI, Christopher Wray, inculpent one hand, Huawei and its financial director of bank fraud, in violation of u.s. laws prohibiting trade with Iran. On the other hand, in the framework of a separate procedure, but supplementary, they accuse the company of stealing technology from T-Mobile USA, a subsidiary of the German operator Deutsche Telekom. It is a matter of "Tappy", a robot developed by T-Mobile to test smartphones, and mimic the action of the fingers of humans on a laptop screen.Huawei accused of sale of american technology to Iran
According to the federal prosecutors, Meng Wanzhou, in August 2013, has personally lied to the bankers of Huawei in order to conceal the fact that the oem chinese telecommunications controlled, in fact, Skycom Tech Co., company established in Iran. The goal of Huawei have been using this company for sale to Tehran of equipment containing american technologies prohibited for export to Iran. Huawei and its u.s. subsidiary are also accused of obstruction of justice. The chinese company, which says it is "disappointed", rejected on Tuesday the charges against them, denying having committed any theft of technology or violation of sanctions against Iran. In a press release, Beijing accuses the United States of "political manipulation" on the part of the United States who "use the power of the State to discredit and attack some chinese companies, in an attempt to strangle their operations, which are legitimate and lawful (...). There is, behind all this high political aims, of political manipulation."
The case is put in the context of the global campaign led by Washington to convince operators in the united states and those of its allies not to buy equipment from Huawei. They would be likely to be conveniently used by Beijing to spy on the telecommunications within the western countries.
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The charges of industrial espionage resume in addition to the already known elements of the dispute resolved in a civil by T-Mobile USA and Huawei in 2017. The chinese company is now found in the criminal, forced to defend himself for having left two of his engineers take photos and measurements, and even stolen parts, a robot developed by T-Mobile. Huawei is also alleged to have offered bonuses to its employees who would steal technology from rival companies.Updated Date: 31 January 2019, 00:00