Huawei is suing the U.S Government over a ban on it’s products. This is in retaliation to the U.S Government’s accusations that Huawei’s products pose a global security threat. Huawei is the worlds biggest maker of telecommunications equipment and a ban of this sort would ultimately hurt Huawei consumers in the U.S. An accusation of the sort can hurt the image of the company beyond repair.
Huawei’s lawsuit is going after a specific provision in the National Defense Authorization Act 2019 (NDAA). The ban on Huawei products extend to government agencies. Also affected are third party contractors who work with the government, are now no longer allowed to if they use Huawei products. Huawei alleges that the fact they were singled out and punished without a trial violates the U.S’s constitution.
“This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers,” Huawei Deputy Chairman Guo Ping says
“The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products,” “We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort.” Guo adds.
The lawsuit comes with rising tensions among China, the U.S and Canada. Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou and daughter of the company’s founder is facing extradition proceedings in Canada. Canada arrested Meng at the U.S’s request last year in December to face charges of circumventing trade sanctions against Iran.
Deputy Chairman Guo Ping in the also press conference also mentions that the U.S had hacked their servers and stolen their emails and source code (4:19 in the video). He does not provide any further evidence to support this claim.
To watch the full press conference refer to the video below.