In a new attack against Chinese Telecom giant Huawei, the US has added a new charge of theft against the company in the already filed lawsuit.
Prosecutors have accused Huawei of violating partnership terms stealing trade secrets from US firms. The new charge of theft by Huawei includes the stealing of source code and robot technology from US companies.
However, Huawei has denied the claims. The firm, one of the world's biggest smartphone makers, said the US is targeting it because its expansion is a threat to American business interests.
The US prosecutors accuse Huawei of evading US rules on doing business with Iran and North Korea. Another key accusation by Prosecutors is that Huawei offered bonuses to staff who obtained "confidential information" from its competitors.
"As a consequence of its campaign to steal this technology and intellectual property, Huawei was able to drastically cut its research and development costs and associated delays," prosecutors said.
The US has pushed partners such as the UK to ban Huawei technology from their networks, maintaining the company's equipment could be used for spying by China. Despite the pressure, the UK last month announced it would continue using Huawei technology in its growing 5G networks, but with restrictions.
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and the daughter of the company's founder, is still being held in Canada where she is fighting extradition to the US. UNI