Day After Huawei Sues the US Government, Beijing Backs the Company
China's government confirms its support for Huawei's lawsuit against the U.S. government.
After some speculation, Chinese manufacturer Huawei officially announced that it had opened a lawsuit against the United States government on Wednesday. The record was filed in a district court in Texas, where the company’s national headquarters is located.
Confirmation of the press process was broadcast and published on Huawei’s YouTube channel. According to the company, the US government accuses the brand of being a global security threat, acting as a spy for China in other countries, violating trade bans with countries with Iran and even installing spy components or software on telecommunications devices.
It has resulted in criticism from the government, the arrest of Huawei executives linked to the US and heavy sanctions that have limited company action and marketing of products and services in the region.
“The U.S. 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 Ping, Huawei Rotating Chairman said. “This ban not only is unlawful but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming U.S. consumers. We look forward to the court’s verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people.”
The company still accuses the US government of hacking the company’s servers and stealing sensitive data, such as private email. The brand further stated that it is not controlled or influenced by the Chinese government in any instance and will collaborate with any investigation.
According to the complaint, Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA bars all U.S. Government agencies from purchasing Huawei equipment and services. It also prohibits them from contracting with or presenting grants or loans to third parties’ companies who buy Huawei equipment or services without judicial process.
“Section 889 is based on numerous false, unproven, and untested propositions. Contrary to the statute’s premise, Huawei is not owned, controlled, or influenced by the Chinese government. Moreover, Huawei has an excellent security record and program. No contrary evidence has been offered,” said Song Liuping, Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer.
“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. “Huawei’s approach to security by design development and deployment sets a high standards bar that few can match.”
Guo Ping added, “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. Huawei is willing to address the U.S. Government’s security concerns. Lifting the NDAA ban will give the U.S. Government the flexibility it needs to work with Huawei and solve real security issues.”
China support Huawei
China’s government voiced its support for Huawei’s legal challenge against the U.S. The Chinese government said Huawei has the right to refuse to be “victimized like silent lambs.”
“China has and will continue to take all necessary measures to resolutely protect the legitimate and lawful interests of Chinese businesses and citizens,” said Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat. “At the same time, we support the company and individual in question in seeking legal redress to protect their own interests and refusing to be victimized like silent lambs,” he added.
The lawsuit may require the US government to file a formal indictment against Huawei as a form of defense. According to Ping, no evidence has yet been presented linking the company to illegal activities, which makes the lawsuit unconstitutional.
It is worth remembering that Huawei is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of smartphones today, and is one of the leaders in the implementation of the infrastructure that makes possible the 5G mobile connection.
The company denies all charges and argues that if it is released again in the country, it can reduce wireless technology costs by between 15% and 40%, guaranteeing a savings of $20 billion for the American coffers over the next four years. The government of Donald Trump has not yet pronounced itself.