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Research Paper
Published online: March 1, 2019

Is Huawei a Leverage of the US-China Trade War? A Critical Reflection on the Huawei Case

Xiaohan Zhang
Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University Zhijiang Campus, 51 Zhijiang Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China 31008
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On January 28, 2019, the US Department of Justice announced criminal charges against Huawei. A pair of indictments accusing Huawei of violating the US sanctions as well as stealing trade secrets was unsealed in two separate cases. In fact, as a technology-intensive enterprise, Huawei has always been under close scrutiny from the US government for 'national security' concerns, and both the criminal allegations have existed for years. The Chinese side questioned the American motives, accusing that the US is actually using law enforcement as one tool among many to achieve its policy objectives in the Huawei case. The article presents the Chinese side of the case as well as the grounds for its position.

Keywords : Huawei, US Sanctions, Trade Secrets, National Security

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