US announces criminal charges in China-related case

Huawei not threat to Britain’s security Chinese envoy

China's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer got hit with criminal charges on Monday in connection to a "long-running" global financial scheme involving the Iranians, bank fraud, corporate espionage - and a robot named "Tappy", according to DOJ officials.

The US Justice Department filed 13 charges against the tech firm, two of its subsidiaries and a senior executive on Tuesday, accusing it of misleading banks about the company's business and violating US sanctions.

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

Whitaker said the criminal offending at Huawei went "all the way to the top of the company".

The 13-count indictment was unsealed Monday in NY charging Huawei, two of its affiliates and a top executive at the company, Meng Wanzhou.

The charges add to pressure on Huawei, the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, from the USA government, which is trying to prevent American companies from buying Huawei routers and switches and pressing allies to do the same.

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Meng - who was arrested at in Vancouver on December 1 at Washington's request - is expected to fight extradition to the United States, amid heavy pressure on Canada from Beijing, whose subsequent detention of two Canadians is seen as an act of retaliation for Meng's arrest.

Prosecutors said Huawei, and Meng in particular, lied to banking authorities to avoid questions about whether the firm evaded USA sanctions prohibiting firms from doing business with Iran.

The U.S.is asking that the Canadian authorities extradite Meng.

A person familiar with the case, who sought anonymity because they weren't authorised to speak, said T-Mobile's claims regarding the theft of its technology caught the attention of federal authorities in the Western District of Washington.

These US charges come the day after Canada fired its ambassador to China, days after he publicly said the US extradition request for Ms Meng was flawed.

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