Huawei sues the US government over the ban of its products
The Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for the prohibition of its products in the US market amid espionage allegations against the company.
“This ban is not only illegal, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition and ultimately hurts American consumers,” said Huawei’s rotating chairman Guo Ping, who also denounced the “hacking.” of its servers and the “theft” of emails by the US authorities.
In a press conference held in the southern city of Shenzhen, the company’s headquarters, Guo explained that the lawsuit was filed in a Texas court to challenge the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that prohibits agencies government to purchase Huawei products.
“The United States Congress has repeatedly failed to present evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are obliged to take this appropriate legal action and as a last resort, “he added.
Thus, he insisted that the decision of the Donald Trump government is “unconstitutional” and interferes in the market.
“If this law is repealed, as it should be, Huawei could provide more technological advances to the US and help build the best 5G networks,” he added.
The Chinese manufacturer’s decision comes after being accused in the US of 13 charges, including industrial espionage and bank fraud, and being blacklisted in several countries for the alleged lack of security of their network equipment.
US diplomacy is pressuring allied countries and their internet and wireless providers to avoid Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and second-largest smartphone maker, arguing that Beijing could force it to spy on or disable its networks.
The accusations about the security of the 5G technology that the Chinese company develops have always been rejected by the company, which insists that it does not have “back doors” to access any device and control it without the user’s knowledge.
Meanwhile, Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, remains free on bail in Canada awaiting extradition to the United States after being accused of violating the trade sanctions imposed by Washington against Iran, while her defense argues that it is a case with political and not legal motivations.