Huawei under investigation for allegedly stealing trade secrets

The Wall Street Journal reports USA prosecutors are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei stole trade secrets from US companies.

Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle, declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman for T-Mobile and a spokesman for Huawei.

Huawei said in a statement the company and T-Mobile settled their disputes in 2017 following a USA jury verdict that found "neither damage, unjust enrichment nor willful and malicious conduct by Huawei in T-Mobile's trade secret claim".

At that time, Washington had announced an indictment against Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd for stealing trade secrets from US semiconductor company Micron Technology relating to research and development of memory storage devices.

The German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude China's Huawei Technologies from a buildout of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported.

Following recent controversies that have seen Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei Technologies accused of spying, breaking sanctions, and stealing intellectual property, governments around the world are taking action.

Many within the Trump administration have attempted to expose China's intellectual property theft of USA businesses, and have called on the president to apply harsher duties on Chinese imports. Both have also been accused of failing to respect USA sanctions on Iran.

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"We shouldn't make it any easier for Huawei or ZTE to do business in the United States or around the world", Cotton told the Free Beacon.

The U.S. probe into Huawei includes allegations by T-Mobile in a 2014 lawsuit that it stole information, according to the person familiar with the matter.

In his most direct public response to accusations that his company is controlled by the ruling Communist Party, or is required to facilitate Chinese spying, Ren said on Tuesday that his company would refuse to disclose secrets about its customers and their communication networks.

Earlier this week, Huawei's reclusive CEO and founder, Ren Zhengfei, spoke with foreign media for the first time since 2015 to vehemently deny charges of espionage that continue to weigh on the 32-year-old company. The U.S. alleges that Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, conspired to defraud banks to unwittingly clear transactions linked to Iran.

According to T-Mobile's lawsuit, Huawei employees photographed the robot and attempted to remove one of its parts.

The company was found to have violated USA law in 2016 for selling USA technology to Iran, was fined up to US$1.2 billion and instructed to penalize its workers. The two companies were specifically mentioned because they were anxious that Huawei and ZTE's network switches were used to monitor the United States.

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