Oxford University suspends donations from Huawei amid spying storm

Lee Crowley

Lee Crowley

What just happened? Huawei's battle with the United States government is reportedly about to take a new turn, with federal prosecutors preparing a criminal indictment against the Chinese tech giant for stealing trade secrets from American partners.

The US is also reportedly investigating Huawei for "stealing trade secrets" from US businesses, and has accused it of contravening sanctions by lying about its business in Iran.

Canada is now studying the security implications of 5G networks, but unlike some allies has not announced Huawei equipment will be excluded.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.) described Huawei as "effectively an intelligence-gathering arm of the Chinese Communist Party".

"Huawei and ZTE's actions to systematically undermine USA and allied cybersecurity show that Beijing does not wish to be part of the rules based system, but rather to break it", Gallego added.

The Straits Times Although 74-year-old Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is still active within the ranks of the company, he has spent the last three years out of the public eye. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, faces fraud charges in the United States over allegedly violating us sanctions on Iran through a corporate subsidiary. Other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan have their own bans against Huawei.

Neither Huawei nor the Canadian Foreign Minister's Office immediately responded to a request for comment. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation that would ban exports to companies caught violating USA sanctions laws. "This is something we have seen from large Chinese state-backed companies around the world", Mr Tugenhadt said.

The bills specifically cite ZTE and Huawei, both of which are viewed with suspicion in the USA because of fears that their switches and other gear could be used to spy on Americans.

The jury sided with T-Mobile in 2017, saying the theft resulted in Huawei making "hundreds of millions of dollars" from T-Mobile's technology.

"Huawei abused its relationship as a phone handset supplier for T-Mobile to obtain access to T-Mobile's robot and, in violation of several confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, copied the robot's specifications and stole parts, software, and other trade secrets".

However, the company's case has not been helped following the arrest last week of an employee in Poland on spying charges, and the detention of company executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada in December. Meng is facing charges in the US related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.

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