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Trade war

Huawei and US startup battle in tech theft court case

Dispute between ex-engineer and Chinese telecom company mirrors broader bilateral tensions

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has been accused of posing a threat to U.S. national security.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- A former employee at Huawei Technologies has accused the Chinese company of attempting to steal technology he developed, by using a lawsuit to extract excessive information from a U.S.-based venture he co-founded.

In a filing with a federal court in Texas last week, Yiren Ronnie Huang argued through his lawyer that Huawei used the legal process for the suit it had filed against him last December as a "red herring" to distract from its own technology theft, citing reports of Huawei's espionage activities on behalf of the Chinese government.

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