Criminal investigation being held by U.S. against Huawei: WSJ report

Criminal investigation being held by U.S. against Huawei: WSJ report

Criminal investigation being held by U.S. against Huawei: WSJ report

The investigation centers on allegations that Huawei stole trade secrets from USA business partners, including the technology that T-Mobile used to test smartphones, according to the Journal's report that cited people familiar with the matter.

T-Mobile sued Huawei four years ago claiming the company had stolen the technology, winning a $4.8m (£3.7m) payout in 2017.

The Journal report Wednesday cites several people familiar with the matter who are not identified by name.

An indictment could come soon, the Journal added.

In November, the US Department of Justice unveiled an initiative to investigate China's trade practices with the goal of bringing trade secret theft cases.

It's unclear how many more damages Huawei may have to pay now that a criminal investigation is getting underway, but we'll be sure to follow this and see where things go from here. In one of those cases, a Seattle jury ruled that Huawei misappropriated the robotic technology from T-Mobile's lab in Washington state. The two companies were specifically mentioned because they were anxious that Huawei and ZTE's network switches were used to monitor the United States.

The company is also mired in a US criminal case alleging that CFO Meng conspired to defraud banks into unwittingly clearing transactions linked to Iran in violation of USA sanctions.

Huawei holds an ever-growing share of the world's smartphone market and is a frontrunner in the race to develop next-generation wireless equipment, which critics say could enable Chinese spying efforts.

"The document generally doesn't really talk about Huawei equipment or concerns about the equipment itself, nor does it show any real issues that have developed so far", Styles told reporters at SaskTel's offices in Regina at the time.

The tensions come amid a backdrop of President Donald Trump's efforts to get more manufacturing on United States soil and slap hefty tariffs on Chinese goods for what he claims are unfair trade practices by Beijing.

Senator Tom Cotton and Representative Mike Gallagher, both Republicans, along with Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representative Ruben Gallego, both Democrats, introduced the measures, which would require the president to ban the export of US components to any Chinese telecommunications company that violates USA sanctions or export control laws.

Last week, Poland arrested a local Huawei executive and a former intelligence official on allegations of spying for China. As part of the agreement, the US lifted a ban in place since April that had prevented ZTE from buying the USA components it relies on heavily to make smartphones and other devices.

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