Shenzhen-based Huawei is at the centre of a spat between China and the US with the latter saying the company’s 5G technology could be used as a backdoor spy channel for Beijing.
New charges, including a federal racketeering allegation, add to an indictment unsealed in January 2019 that said Huawei stole trade secrets from US carrier T-Mobile. Huawei disputed the allegations, calling them “without merit."
The UK is in talks with America, Australia, Canada, and others on future technological innovations that could challenge Huawei's dominance in the field, foreign secretary Dominic Raab says.
Britain decided to give Huawei limited access to build 35 percent of the less risky radio access network parts of its new high-speed mobile network, in a setback for the US, which has been pushing allies to ban the Chinese company.
This week's hearings dealt with the question of whether the US charges against Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, are crimes in Canada as well.
Annual World Economic Forum kicks off with US President Donald Trump criticising "prophets of doom" and teenage activist Greta Thunberg urging global financial elite to act against environmental crisis.
China's Foreign Ministry complained the US and Canada were violating Meng Wanzhou's rights and called for her release.
The South Korean firm also promoted the head of its network equipment business, which analysts said got a lift from a US campaign to convince allies to bar Huawei from their networks.
In a New Year's message to employees, Huawei Chairman Eric Xu said the US government was in the midst of a "strategic and long-term" campaign against the company that would create a "challenging environment for Huawei to survive and thrive".
The treatment of Li Hongyuan, who had worked for the company for 13 years, has become one of the most discussed topics in recent days on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.
Huawei said the extension “won’t have a substantial impact on Huawei’s business either way. This decision does not change the fact that Huawei continues to be treated unfairly either.”
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