United States charges Huawei and its CFO Meng Wanzhou

United States charges Huawei and its CFO Meng Wanzhou

The US Justice Department announced criminal charges Monday against Huawei Technologies, the world's largest communications equipment manufacturer, and one of its top executives - a move likely to intensify trade tensions between the US and China.

A 13-count indictment was unsealed earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging four defendants, including Huawei Technologies Co. Watch live in the player above.

In a separate indictment, the Justice Department charged Huawei with stealing trade secrets belonging to T-Mobile.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder and one of China's most high-profile executives, was arrested at the request of United States law enforcement in early December while changing planes in Vancouver. Skycom is a Huawei subsidiary that does business in Iran, but the Chinese company had made claims that it sold its ownership of the company to not violate USA laws.

Mr Whitaker said Huawei had lied to the United States government to obstruct investigations, moved potential witnesses back to China, and misled banks to continue to process transactions.

This story is developing and will be updated.

Rather than being the work of one or two rogue actors, Whitaker said the alleged conduct bore the hallmarks of "corporate-sponsored behaviour" that was directed as company policy.

The sweeping indictments accuse the company of using extreme efforts to steal trade secrets from American businesses - including trying to take a piece of a robot from a T-Mobile lab.

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A 10-count indictment in Washington state accused the company of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile and offering bonuses to employees who succeeded in getting technology from rivals.

U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross stated that the Huawei charges were "wholly separate" from ongoing trade negotiations with China.

That violated USA laws, the Justice Department said, because the Iran business involved US-dollar transactions processed by banks through the United States.

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei faces multiple charges in the US.

A tourist from China holds a sign in support of Huawei outside of the BC Supreme Court bail hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is being held on an extradition warrant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The U.S. said during its press conference it was "deeply grateful to the government of Canada" for following the rule of law.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, center, with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray speak Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the Justice Department in Washington.

In a January 28 afternoon press conference, law enforcement officials announced a series of charges against Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei ranging from fraud to money laundering. Huawei and Huawei USA have also been charged with obstructing justice by allegedly misreporting their relationship with Skycom.

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