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Document: Indictment of Huawei, Huawei Subsidiaries and CFO Meng Wanzhou

The Justice Department has unsealed a 13-count indictment in the Eastern District of New York charging Chinese telecom giant Huawei, its U.S. and Iranian subsidiaries and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou with financial fraud, sanctions violations, obstruction of justice and other charges. The indictment is available here and below.


China’s Hostage Diplomacy

An obscure Chinese drug case has been pushed to the center of China’s relations with Canada—and, by implication, with the rest of the world. The case appears to reinforce the message, previously suggested by the detentions of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, that China views the holding of human hostages as an acceptable way to conduct diplomacy.


SinoTech: U.S. and China Hold Trade Talks Amid Backdrop of Tech Tensions and Initial Chinese Concessions

On the U.S.-China trade war front, the first week of 2019 has brought cause for cautious optimism. Midlevel trade talks between American and Chinese officials were extended for an additional day and concluded on the afternoon of Jan. 9 in Beijing. No statements were issued on the talks’ outcomes, but the discussions generated cautious optimism.

Cybersecurity and Deterrence

The Failure of the United States’ Chinese-Hacking Indictment Strategy

Just before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against two Chinese nationals who allegedly conducted a twelve-year “global campaign[] of computer intrusions” to steal sensitive intellectual property and related confidential business information from firms in a dozen states and from the U.S. government.


Document: U.S. Charges Chinese Government Hackers for Economic Espionage

On Thursday, the Justice Department announced charges against two Chinese nationals it alleges are connected with the China-based hacking group known by the government as Advanced Persistent Threat 10 (APT10). The charges are related to an alleged persistent campaign of cybertheft of technology and personal data. The indictment is available here and below. Video of the Justice Department press conference is also available below.


The Detention of Huawei’s CFO is Legally Justified. Why Doesn’t the U.S. Say So?

The detention of a top executive from Chinese technology giant Huawei shocked financial markets around the world last week as investors worried that the arrest would derail U.S.-China trade talks. But the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada, pending her extradition to the U.S., has grown from a trade irritant to a full-blown diplomatic crisis. Over the weekend, the Chinese government threatened both Canada and the U.S.

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