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13 Face US Charges in Chinese Spy Cases

Plots include recruitment of agents, interference with prosecution, Garland says

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland announced charges Monday against 13 people in three cases of Chinese spying or efforts to exert illegal influence in the US. Two of those facing criminal charges are Chinese intelligence officers who, the Justice Department said, paid a US government employee for confidential information in an...

CEO's Warning on China's Economy Goes Viral

In leaked email, Huawei's founder told employees that tough times lie ahead

(Newser) - Tough times are ahead for China, the founder and CEO of the country's largest private company warned employees in a memo seen as unusually candid. In the leaked memo, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said the technology company needs to make "survival" instead of growth its main focus for...

5G Giant Ericsson 'Uninvestible,' Riddled With Corruption

Report: Corruption, fraud, and gross mismanagement risked employee lives

(Newser) - In 2014, as ISIS was at the height of its power in Iraq, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson forged ahead with development of its 5G infrastructure in the region. In the process, it was likely stuffing cash into the pockets of ISIS militants. A leaked internal investigation report obtained by the...

Detained Huawei CFO Headed Back to China After US Deal

Meng Wanzhou had been held on fraud charges in Canada since 2018, awaiting extradition to US

(Newser) - For nearly three years, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has been detained in Canada, awaiting extradition to the United States on fraud charges. On Friday, all of that changed, as the US and China reached an agreement and the US Justice Department dropped its extradition request, allowing Meng to go free,...

Lithuania to Citizens: Dump Those Phones From China

Nation warns that devices from Huawei, others could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, censoring

(Newser) - Citizens in Lithuania may want to double-check what country their smartphones were made in, as there's now a new warning out from the defense ministry telling them to dump devices manufactured in one particular country. "Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid...

China Appears to Retaliate Against Canada Again

Michael Spavor sentenced to 11 years

(Newser) - A Chinese court sentenced Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison Wednesday in a spying case that has been linked to Beijing's pressure campaign against the Canadian government over the arrest of an executive at tech giant Huawei. Spavor and another Canadian were detained in China in...

Death Penalty Upheld in China for Canadian Man

Country appears to be pressuring Canada to release Huawei exec

(Newser) - A Chinese court on Tuesday rejected a Canadian drug convict's appeal of a death sentence in what appeared to be an effort to step up pressure on Canada to release a detained executive of tech giant Huawei, the AP reports. The Canadian government condemned the ruling and appealed to...

China Takes Big Step in Feud With Canada

The '2 Michaels' to go on trial within days for spying

(Newser) - The Chinese government will put two Canadians on trial for espionage within days, despite international calls for their release. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in 2018 in what was widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou , an executive and the daughter of the founder of...

China Sentences 4th Canadian to Death

Move seen as retaliation for arrest of Huawei exec

(Newser) - China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of tech giant Huawei. Ye Jianhui was sentenced Friday by the Foshan Municipal Intermediate Court in the southern province of Guangdong,...

Pompeo Announces Sanctions on Huawei

Certain employees of Chinese tech companies to face visa restrictions

(Newser) - The State Department accused the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer of human right abuses Wednesday, saying it would impose visa restrictions on employees of China's Huawei. The announcement came a week after the State Department accused China of human rights abuses and a day after the UK said...

UK Makes Big Move on Huawei After Threat From US

United Kingdom won't let telecom firm play a part in its new high-speed mobile phone network

(Newser) - Britain's government on Tuesday backtracked on plans to give Chinese telecommunications company Huawei a limited role in the UK's new high-speed mobile phone network in a decision with broad implications for relations between London and Beijing. Britain imposed the ban after the US threatened to sever an intelligence-sharing...

After Ruling in Huawei Case, China Charges 2 Canadians

Detained men face espionage charges

(Newser) - Chinese prosecutors charged two detained Canadians with spying Friday in an apparent bid to step up pressure on Canada to drop a US extradition request for a Huawei executive under house arrest in Vancouver. Michael Kovrig was charged in Beijing on suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence. Michael...

Trump Signs $1B Bill to Replace Huawei Equipment

Bill will help small providers with switch

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday signed into law a bill that provides $1 billion to help small telecom providers replace equipment made by China's Huawei and ZTE. The US government considers the Chinese companies a security risk and has pushed its allies not to use Huawei equipment in next-generation cellular...

US Brings New Charges Against Huawei

Chinese tech giant charged with plotting to steal trade secrets from American competitors

(Newser) - The Justice Department has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and two of its US subsidiaries, accusing the company in a plot to steal trade secrets from competitors in America, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. The company is also accused of installing surveillance equipment that enabled Iran to...

Boris Johnson's 5G Decision Doesn't Make US Happy
Boris Johnson's
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Boris Johnson's 5G Decision Doesn't Make US Happy

UK will let China's Huawei play a role in building network, despite spying fears

(Newser) - The UK said Tuesday it will let the Chinese tech firm Huawei build part of its 5G network, and the US isn't happy about it. The White House, worried the company will use its access to spy for Beijing, had wanted Huawei blackballed from the job. Coverage:
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'Protesters' Demanding 'Free Meng' Weren't Really Protesters

At least 3 have now come forward saying they were paid for the gig

(Newser) - On the first day of the first stage of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing, more than a dozen apparent protesters were spotted outside the Vancouver courtroom holding signs bearing messages like "Free Ms. Meng" and "Trump stop bullying us." Only ... those weren't actually protesters....

It's a Big Day for Huawei Exec Detained in Canada

First phase of Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing begins

(Newser) - The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei started in a Vancouver courtroom Monday, a case that has infuriated Beijing, caused a diplomatic uproar between China and Canada, and complicated high-stakes trade talks between China and the United States. The New York ...

US Gives Chinese Tech Giant a Reprieve

Huawei gets another 90 days to do business with US companies

(Newser) - The US will give Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei another 90 days to buy supplies from American companies. It's the second extension for Huawei, a company the US sees as a national security risk. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross revealed the new reprieve on Fox Business News Monday morning, and the...

In Trump-Xi Meeting, a 'Surprising Move' by Trump

President says trade talks are back on, appears to reverse ban on US companies selling to Huawei

(Newser) - What had been dubbed a "most suspenseful meeting" between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit is now over, and by Trump's account, the meeting went well. So well, in fact, that trade talks between the US and China are now...

China Will Make Big Demand of Trump
China Will Make Big
Demand of Trump

China Will Make Big Demand of Trump

Xi Jinping reportedly wants tariffs nixed and Huawei ban lifted to jump-start trade talks

(Newser) - There's a sliver of hope trade talks may resume between the US and China and that a trade war could soon be over, but China has some demands first. The Wall Street Journal reports Robert Lighthizer, the chief US trade representative, is set to meet with his Chinese equivalent...

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