Friday, February 8, 2019

The United States accused Huawei of spying

The Chinese company Huawei, in the opinion of the American authorities, has violated the sanctions regime with Iran, engaged in banking fraud and industrial espionage. 

The US authorities have charged the Chinese company Huawei, several of its US branches and the Chief Financial Officer of Meng Wanzhou with a series of crimes. These include banking fraud, violation of sanctions, obstruction of justice, as well as industrial espionage.

In particular, Maine Wanzhou, who was detained on December 1 in Canada, is accused of providing inaccurate information to American banks regarding the business ties of the Chinese company with Iran. She was later released on bail. The United States is seeking the extradition of a financial director.

In addition, Huawei is accused of stealing trade secrets from its American partners. This applies primarily to the development of the company T-Mobile in the field of robotic phones.

In May 2017, T-Mobile, by a jury in Seattle, received a payment of 4.8 million dollars from Huawei, the American newspaper SeattleTimes reminds.

Over the past months, the US authorities, fearing leaks of personal data, have repeatedly warned other countries against using telecommunications equipment supplied by Huawei's American partner companies. The Chinese technology giant each time denied these allegations, demanding that the United States provide evidence.

In January 2019, Huawei’s sales manager in Poland was arrested on charges of spying for Chinese intelligence. After that, Huawei fired him.

American financier and billionaire George Soros, speaking January 24 at the Taoist Forum, warned about the dangers of the uncontrolled development of technology in China. "Instead of entering a trade war with almost the entire world, President Trump should focus on China," the financier said. Chinese telecommunications concerns ZTE and Huawei in the US, he said, are giving the green light. If Chinese firms can establish a dominant position in the fifth-generation (5G) high-speed mobile communications technology market, then, according to Soros, for the rest of the world this will mean unpredictable information security risks.