China's Huawei sues US government over ban on its products

China's Huawei sues US government over ban on its products

Guo Ping, one of the firm's chairmen, accused the USA of smearing the telecoms giant as he confirmed that Huawei would challenge a law that blocks USA executive agencies from using its equipment.

"The U.S. Congress has failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products".

"We believe that it is perfectly proper and fully understandable for companies to defend their legitimate rights and interests through legal means", Lu Kang said.

Chinese smartphone and networking equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE have been at odds with the US officials for a couple of years now.

The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer (CFO) in Canada at the request of the U.S. and to the consternation of China.

As part of its most aggressive move yet, Huawei has filed a lawsuit in a US District Court in Plano, Texas, throwing down the gauntlet to a 2019 US defense bill that restricts federal agencies from getting their hands on Huawei-branded products as well as its services. "US Congress has simply attacked as lawmaker, prosecutor and juror at the same time, contrary to the American constitution", Song said.

From Huawei's perspective, the NDAA restrictions prevent the company from providing more advanced 5G technologies to U.S. consumers, which will delay the commercial application of 5G, in turn, impeding efforts to improve the performance of 5G networks in the U.S. Beyond this, network users in rural and remote regions of the U.S. will be forced to choose between government funding and high-quality, cost-effective products.

A Canadian judge has set the date for a new hearing in the case of a Chinese executive with the global tech giant Huawei, who USA prosecutors are hoping to extradite to face charges over bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.

Estimates from industry sources show that allowing Huawei to compete would reduce the cost of wireless infrastructure by between 15% and 40%.

The Chinese government says Washington fabricates or exaggerates security concerns to block competition.

Huawei, founded in 1987 by a former military engineer, overtook Ericsson in 2017 as the biggest global supplier of network gear.

Huawei is suing the United States over a government ban on its products, raising the stakes in a protracted diplomatic incident between China, the USA and Canada, where a Huawei senior executive is facing extradition. The company has announced contracts with customers including the United Arab Emirates for network technology.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei later said Ms Meng's arrest was politically motivated and "not acceptable".

"Huawei Australia is a $650 million business and our 700 employees continue to serve half the Australian population with safe and secure technology", they added.

Meng was arrested by Canadian authorities back in December at the request of the United States, which kicked off a diplomatic dispute with China.

Some European officials and others cite a Chinese security law that requires companies to co-operate with intelligence agencies.

Speaking to reporters in the southern city of Shenzhen, Huawei Chairman Guo Ping called the ban "unconstitutional" and declared he company "never installed backdoors and never will install backdoors" in its equipment.

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