China’s Huawei Technologies on Tuesday said the US government had instructed law enforcement to “coerce” and “entice” its employees to turn against the company, as it steps up its pushback against a US campaign that could threaten its survival, reported Reuters.
Huawei said in its public statement on Tuesday that the US government was using its judicial and administrative powers as well as other means to disrupt its business and that of its partners. Huawei staff and Huawei partners were subjected to unlawful searches, detention and arrest while some employees were visited by FBI agents at their homes and pressured to collect information on the company, according to the company’s statement.
Eight employees, several of them US citizens, were involved in the incidents. All of them are mid- to high-level executives. The latest incident happened on August 28 when an employee from Huawei’s US office informed the company of a visit from the FBI asking the person to be an informant.
Amid a trade war with China, Washington put the world’s No. 2 smartphone maker on an Entity List in May, in effect cutting off its access to essential US components and technology, in particular Google’s apps and services for Android devices.