Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei could face charges over the theft of trade secrets in a new investigation. US federal authorities in Seattle are pursuing charges against Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US business partners. The secrets include a T-Mobile robotic device called “Tappy,” which is used in testing smartphones. In a 2014 filing, T-Mobile claimed that Huawei employees stole the trade secrets for the company’s research and development in China. The investigation is reportedly at an advanced stage, and an indictment could come soon.
The probe against Huawei comes at a time of tension between China and the US, and concern that Chinese-made telecom equipment could be compromised has been rising. In a rare roundtable with international media in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday, Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of the company, said Huawei never spied for China.