Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Australia is a potential target in the US-China fight over Huawei

Australia is a potential target in the US-China fight over Huawei

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday that China is dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the United States' extradition demand and its disregarding Beijing's stern representations.

Geng said Beijing had constantly required Chinese companies to carry out their economic activities overseas in compliance with the local laws.

One filed by US prosecutors in New York's Eastern District in Brooklyn accused Huawei of violating usa sanctions against Iran by doing business with the country through a subsidiary it tried to hide.

The indictments came as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived in Washington on Monday to lead trade talks this week.

The Canadian Minister of Justice has 30 days from the receipt of the extradition order to decide if Meng will face extradition proceedings.

President Donald Trump said he would get involved in the Huawei case if it would help produce a trade agreement with China and told Reuters in an interview in December that he would "intervene if I thought it was necessary".

"We stand strongly against any behaviour that violates laws and regulations", Ren said on January 16, touting a "very sound" compliance system and tough discipline for violators.

"China calls on the United States to treat Chinese companies in an objective and fair manner", Geng said in the statement, adding that the country will firmly defend the legitimate interests of Chinese enterprises.

But the charges detail efforts by Huawei and its subsidiaries to trick financial institutions into sanctions-busting activity.

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A profile of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, is displayed on a computer at a Huawei store in Beijing, Dec 6, 2018.

Huawei in Australia has denied all the criminal charges in both indictments.

A separate case in Washington state cites internal emails and other evidence detailing a 2012-13 effort to steal the technology specs of a phone-testing device developed by T-Mobile, then a partner in Huawei's ultimately failed push to enter the U.S. market.

In a separate case, the Justice Department said Huawei stole robotic technology from T-Mobile.

The Canadian government has received a formal request for the extradition of a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies as a judge in Vancouver agreed to a minor change in Meng Wanzhou's bail conditions. If granted, Ms Meng's case would be sent to the British Columbia Supreme Court for an extradition hearing, which could take weeks or months.

When caught, Huawei blamed the theft on "rogue actors", the United States department of justice said, and sought to deny the company's role in it.

Meng Wanzhou the CFO who is now under house arrest in Canada was a director of Huawei's Australian subsidiary between October 2005 and August 2011, according to corporate records.

According to the indictment, in 2012 Huawei began a concerted effort to steal information on a T-Mobile phone-testing robot dubbed "Tappy". McCallum called on the Canadian government to release Meng, suggesting Canada was caught in the middle of a superpower struggle.

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