The US authorities are in "advanced" stages of a criminal probe that can result in an accusation of Chinese technology giant Huawei, a published report said Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal, referring to anonymous sources, said the Justice Department is looking at allegations of theft of business secrets from Huawei's US business partners, including a T-Mobile robotic device used to test smartphones.
The Ministry of Justice refused to comment on the report. Huawei did not respond to an AFP request for comment.
The move would further escalate the tensions between the United States and China after last year's arrest in Canada by Huawei's financial manager Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder. 1
For years, Huawei, the second largest global smartphone maker and largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, has been under control in the United States over alleged relations with the Chinese government.
Huaiwe's inclined founder Ren Zhengfei in a rare media interview on Tuesday, strongly denying allegations that his company engaged in espionage on behalf of the Chinese government.
The tensions come in between US President Donald Trump's efforts to get more US-based production and release heavy tariffs on Chinese goods for what he claims to be unfair commercial practices in Beijing.