The US Justice Department has charged the Chinese telecom company Huawei, two of its affiliates (Huawei USA and Skycom), and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou with a number of offences, including financial fraud, money-laundering offences, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and sanctions violations.
United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said: ‘As charged in the indictment, Huawei and its subsidiaries, with the direct and personal involvement of their executives, engaged in serious fraudulent conduct, including conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, sanctions violations, money laundering and the orchestrated obstruction of justice. For over a decade, Huawei employed a strategy of lies and deceit to conduct and grow its business. This Office will continue to hold accountable companies and their executives, whether here or abroad, that commit fraud against U.S. financial institutions and their international counterparts and violate U.S. laws designed to maintain our national security.’
China’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Geng Shuang said:
‘For some time, the US has been using national power to tarnish and crack down on specific Chinese companies in an attempt to strangle their lawful and legitimate operations. Behind such practices are deep political intentions and manipulations. We strongly urge the US to stop its unreasonable bashing on Chinese companies including Huawei and treat them objectively and fairly. China will also continue to uphold the lawful and legitimate.’
The indictment is at: