Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Ban Sale of US Tech to Chinese Companies

Ren Zhengfei

The newspaper said the DoJ was looking into allegations of theft of trade secrets from Huawei's United States business partners, including a T-Mobile robotic device used to test smartphones.

Establishing that it is USA policy to enforce denial orders banning the export of US parts and components to Chinese telecommunications companies that have violated USA export control laws or sanctions. The federal case has evolved from a civil suit involving the theft of technology developed by T-Mobile U.S. test smartphones.

"The probe is at an advanced stage and could lead to an indictment soon", the sources said.

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.

China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that proposed United States legislation targeting Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese telecommunications equipment companies was due to "hysteria", and urged U.S. lawmakers to stop the bills.

T-Mobile initially sued Huawei in 2014 for the actions of its employees and in May 2017 won US$4.8 million against the company, but this was only a fraction of what the mobile service provider sought.

A civil lawsuit filed against Huawei by T-Mobile was one of the primary catalysts for the investigation.

Handelsblatt quoted Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei as saying his company had never received a request from a government to transmit information in violation of any regulations.

Senators from the United States introduced the Telecommunications Denial Order Enforcement Act, which prohibits the export of parts of U.S. technology to Chinese telecommunications companies. The seeking to extradite her to face charges she misled banks about the company's business dealings in Iran.

"Huawei is effectively an intelligence-gathering arm of the Chinese Communist Party whose founder and CEO was an engineer for the People's Liberation Army", Cotton wrote in a statement.

The company is among the world's biggest makers of telecommunications equipment but has been banned in the USA since 2012 over fears it's a security risk.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in the Canadian city of Vancouver on 1 December 2018, reportedly, for failing to comply with the USA sanctions against Iran, and now faces extradition to the United States.

The report says Germany is seeking to set security standards Huawei would not be able to achieve, indirectly blocking the company from participating in a 5G bid. USA lawmakers have also banded together to ban chip sales to Huawei, ZTE, and other mainland companies to over sanctions violations.



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