Huawei Sues USA Over Illegal Power Abuse
Chinese telco giant, Huawei, is suing the US government for banning its equipment in federal networks, asserting it’s an abuse of power and against the country’s constitution.
The news comes after US Congress banned federal use of Chinese-made telco equipment last year, expanding to government contractors too.
Huawei and fellow Chinese giant, ZTE, were among affected companies.
Announced in a press conference from Shenzen, Huawei rotating Chairman, Guo Ping, asserts the company was left with “no choice” but to “challenge the law in court.”
“It is an abuse of the US lawmaking process,” claims Ping.
“This section strips Huawei of its due process, violates the separation-of-power principle, breaks US legal traditions, and goes against the very nature of the constitution”
“Section 889 infringes upon our rights and harms US consumers.”
The suit alleges the US government infringed on Huawei’s due process rights, and breached legal standards by imposing policy punitively directed at a small cluster.
The news comes after several American intelligence agencies – CIA, FBI, NSA – warned against Huawei equipment and services last year, citing cybersecurity risks and links to the Chinese government.
Several Western government have echoed concerns, with Australia banning Huawei equipment from the local 5G network build.
“Despite this, the US government has never provided any evidence supporting their accusations that Huawei poses a cyber security threat,” remarks Ping.
“Still, the US government is sparing no effort to smear the company and mislead the public about Huawei.”
Huawei has continued to refute security risk allegations, however, has been charged for stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile in the United States.
The Trump administration is reportedly also considering an order to further restrict the sale of Huawei products, whilst pressing international allies to follow.