Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Huawei sues U.S. government over equipment ban

Huawei sues U.S. government over equipment ban

Specifically, Huawei in its 59-page suit alleges that certain parts of section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act singles out the company and bars it from doing business with the us government in an overly broad way.

The firm claims the restrictions targeting Huawei are "unconstitutional".

"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products", he told reporters at a press conference in Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort, ' Huawei's rotating chairman Guo Ping said.

The ban is not only unlawful, he said, but restricts the company from participating in a fair marketplace to the detriment of USA consumers. "We look forward to the court's verdict". Huawei's USA headquarters are in Plano, Texas.

Andy Purdy, the chief security officer for Huawei's USA business, defended the company in an interview with Cheddar in January, saying that "no government has ever asked us to spy" and calling the accusations part of a "drumbeat of anti-Huawei criticism".

The move comes as Washington tries to persuade allies to ban Huawei from business alleging espionage risks.

As the trade talks drag on, with few outward signs of significant progress, a bipartisan group of US senators, including Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, are calling for expanding the ban on Huawei equipment so it can not be used in USA energy infrastructure.

Mr Guo did not provide further details about the allegations.

Huawei claims the USA statute blocking Huawei equipment from developing 5G networks hinders competition and hurts the economy.

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It comes as the biggest global maker of network equipment for phone and internet companies fights USA efforts to persuade allies to exclude the company from next-generation telecom systems.

'If this law is set aside, as it should be, Huawei can bring more advanced technologies to the United States and help it build the best 5G networks'. He did not verify salaries, which were advertised by headhunters. The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer (CFO) in Canada at USA request, to the consternation of China.

A Canadian court on Wednesday set a May 8 date for the start of Meng's hearing into a USA extradition request over charges that she and Huawei circumvented US sanctions against Iran. Meng is suing the Canadian government, border agency and the national police force for detaining and interrogating her before informing her she was under arrest.

On Monday, Beijing accused the two men of acting together to steal state secrets. It is unclear where the two Canadians are being detained in China, and at least one does not have access to legal representation, sources previously told Reuters.

Ren met global media for the first time in several years in mid-January, calling US President Donald Trump "great" and refraining from commenting directly on Meng's case.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei later said Meng's arrest was politically motivated and "not acceptable". The absence of Huawei will delay 5G and cost the industry more due to the lack of competition, we're told, and if that wasn't enough of a dig at its competitors Huawei reckons it will leave USA consumers paying higher prices for inferior products.

"At Huawei we are proud that we are the most open, transparent, and scrutinized company in the world", said John Suffolk, Huawei's Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer.

Guo suggested the effort to contain Huawei was related more to commercial competition than security issues.

The Chinese telecoms firm has gone on the offensive after months of intense global scrutiny.

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