United States charges Chinese tech giant Huawei, top executive

John Mc Callum speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa

Canada's Chinese representative gets the boot after commenting on arrested Huawei executive

"As you can tell from the number and magnitude of the charges, Huawei and its senior executives repeatedly refused to respect us law and standard worldwide business practices", FBI Director Chris Wray said at a Monday news conference.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said both sets of charges "expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace".

That life is about to become more complex, as the U.S. Justice Department on Monday laid out its claims against Meng and stated it would proceed with an extradition request.

The U.S. news release cited the indictment shows that "in 2007.Huawei's founder falsely stated to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that Huawei did not have any direct dealings with Iranian companies and that Huawei operated in compliance with all U.S. export laws". According to the U.S. Justice Department's 25-page indictment, if Meng is found guilty, the U.S. government would seek forfeiture of her assets, which includes two Vancouver homes.

This week, the DOJ unsealed a 10-count indictment of Huawei, charging the company with theft of trade secrets conspiracy, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.

"We strongly urge the U.S.to stop its unreasonable bashing on Chinese companies including Huawei, and treat them objectively and fairly".

"As I told high-level Chinese law enforcement officials in August, we need more law enforcement cooperation with China", acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said at the news conference with other Cabinet officials, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The case of a senior executive of Chinese tech juggernaut Huawei Technologies is scheduled to return to court in Vancouver Tuesday.

On Monday, Geng Shuang, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the Meng case wasn't purely judicial.

The two countries agreed December 1 to negotiate for 90 days in an effort to defuse worsening trade tensions.

"As charged in the indictment, Huawei and its Chief Financial Officer broke USA law and have engaged in a fraudulent financial scheme that is detrimental to the security of the United States", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a press release announcing the charges. A breakdown in negotiations would likely lead to higher tariffs, a prospect that has rattled financial markets for months. "It involves the whole nation of China", said Qin Xiaohua, who works in the finance industry in Beijing. Huawei has said the companies settled their dispute in 2017. "We have to unite no matter as individuals or as an integrated country".

Citing emails and phone calls, it is claimed that Huawei engineers in the United States were directed by executives in China to take photos and share notes of Tappy's specifications. He said Beijing will see a "link to Chinese-US trade relations". While the United States has repeatedly said that the Huawei case and trade talks are separate issues, the moves complicate the already tense battles Washington and Beijing have engaged in for months.

The Seattle charges allege that beginning in 2012, Huawei plotted to steal information about T-Mobile's robot, known as "Tappy".

The U.S. justice department said it did not name all executives as some are not yet "apprehended". It says Huawei engineers secretly took photos of the robot, measured it and tried to steal part of it from T-Mobile's lab, according to prosecutors.

AP researcher Yu Bing in Beijing and AP writers Christopher Bodeen in Beijing, Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Christopher Rugaber in Washington, Rob Gillies in Toronto and Tali Arbel in NY contributed.

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