US government pursues criminal charges against Huawei

The US government is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei for the alleged theft of trade secrets, it has emerged.

The Department of Justice is in the advanced stage of an investigation into the Chinese telecoms company over claims it stole technology from American companies.

Charges against Huawei would further escalate trade tensions between the US and China. Huawei is a national champion but has long been viewed with suspicion in Washington, with its equipment banned from American communications networks.