The United States has filed criminal charges against Huawei, a move that escalates its fight against the Chinese tech giant, CNN reported.
"Today we are announcing that we are bringing criminal charges against telecommunications giant Huawei and its associates for nearly two dozen alleged crimes," Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement.
"China must hold its citizens and Chinese companies accountable for complying with the law."
Meanwhile, Huawei expressed disappointment over the US move to bring charges against it.
"The company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of US law set forth in each of the indictments, is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the US courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion," it said in a statement on Tuesday.
The US move provoked the wrath of China, which accused US of using its state power to smear and crack down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations."
"We strongly urge the United States to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement. He also added that US should "immediately withdraw its arrest warrant on Ms. Meng and refrain from making a formal extradition request to avoid walking farther down a wrong path."
On Monday, The Justice Department unsealed two cases against Huawei that detail a slew of allegations. One indictment accuses Huawei of trying to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile(TMUS), and of promising bonuses to employees who collected confidential information on competitors. A second indictment claims the company worked to skirt US sanctions on Iran, CNN said.