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China’s Huawei to Sue US Over Federal Ban on Using Its Products

HONG KONG – China’s telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies confirmed on Thursday that it was suing the US government for part of a defense bill passed last year, which restricted its activities in the United States, Channel NewsAsia reported Thursday.
Huawei said it filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court to challenge the constitutionality of Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a law ratified by the US president last August that banned federal government and its equipment and services subcontractors.
“The US Congress has repeatedly failed to provide evidence in support of its restrictions on Huawei products, and we are forced to take this action as a last resort,” said Guo Ping, Huawei’s rotating president in a statement.
This ban is not only illegal, but it also prevents Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers. We look forward to the court verdict and hope that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people.
While Huawei had very little market share in the US telecommunications market before the bill, it viewed Article 889 as an obstacle to solving the broader problems in Washington, preventing its progress towards reconciliation.
“The lifting of the NDAA ban will give the US government the flexibility to work with Huawei and solve real security problems, said Guo.
The private company has launched a legal and public relations offensive over the past two months, as Washington urged allies to give up Huawei, when building fifth-generation (5G) mobile phone networks.
Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications manufacturer, has never and will never share data with the Chinese government.
The lawsuits and public relations are comparable to a more moderate response in December that focused on “trust in justice” when its chief financial officer, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the United States.
The United States has accused Meng – Ren’s daughter – of bank and electronic fraud related to the violation of trade sanctions against Iran.
Huawei’s lawsuit comes after Meng’s appearance in court Wednesday, during which his lawyer expressed his fear that the charges would be political, raising US President Donald Trump’s comments on the case.
In addition, Meng, who fights extradition, is suing the Canadian government for procedural errors during his arrest.
The case had severely strained relations with China, which this week accused two Canadians of stealing state secrets in a move widely seen as revenge for Meng’s arrest.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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