Beijing — China accused the US on Tuesday of “political motivations” behind sweeping charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei in a case that has ratcheted up tensions between the two superpowers. The justice department unveiled 13 charges on Monday against Huawei Technologies, its CFO Meng Wanzhou — the daughter of the company’s founder — and two affiliates related to violating US sanctions on Iran. The company was also accused of technology theft on the same day China’s top trade negotiator arrived in Washington for high-stakes talks with US officials, possibly complicating the discussions ahead of a March deadline to avert a deepening of their trade war. Canada has been dragged into the dispute since it arrested Meng at the behest of the US in December, sparking a diplomatic crisis between Ottawa and Beijing, which renewed calls for her release and for the US to drop its warrant against her. China’s foreign ministry said there are “strong political motivations and political ma...

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