Beijing and Washington may be headed toward new tensions after U.S. authorities accused the Chinese telecom giant and two of its subsidiaries of trying to steal trade secrets from six American tech firms. The indictment, filed in a Brooklyn federal court, also claims the company helped U.S.-sanctioned Iran spy on protesters in 2009. Huawei hit back, saying the charges are meant to "irrevocably damage" its reputation and business.
How old is this legal spat? The new charges build on a case launched last January — but are rooted in an allegedly decadeslong effort by Huawei to pilfer from major industry players like Cisco, T-Mobile and Motorola.