Beijing: Huawei suing US government is 'absolutely appropriate'

Jermaine Castillo
March 8, 2019

The company is fighting to keep its worldwide market share as phone carriers prepare to release the next generation of technology, called 5G.

Huawei is challenging the new National Defense Authorization Act, saying that the USA government is in violation of the constitution by singling it out. It says that denies the company due process and amounts to a "death penalty". Peck said abuse of process motions will likely be brought. The company also said that by singling out Huawei for punishment, the law violating a rarely invoked section of the constitution against 'bills of attainder, ' meaning legislative acts that declare individuals or groups guilty of a crime without judicial proceedings. Through this action, Huawei seeks a declaratory judgment that the restrictions targeting Huawei are unconstitutional, and a permanent injunction against these restrictions.

"I can tell you responsibly that the Chinese government's decision is definitely well-founded", Lu said.

The lawsuit was filed in a U.S. District Court in Plano, Texas. The ruling found the USA government did not give Ralls a reasonable opportunity to address allegations it posed a security risk.

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Huawei's equipment is seen as considerably more advanced than that of competitors such as Sweden's Ericsson or Finland's Nokia.

Vodafone UK decided against using Chinese technology in the higher risk parts of its network more than five years ago, he added. "After exhausting all other means to alleviate doubts of USA lawmakers we are left with no choice but to challenge the law in court", Guo Ping, one of the three global chairmen of Huawei, said during a live-streamed press conference that was hosted at the company's global headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Huawei contends that the restrictions are unlawful, and that they will be fought in court.

The company's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, is fighting extradition to the US after she was arrested in Vancouver, Canada on December 1. He said China's government "needs to protect the health and safety of its own people". It also argues that the Chinese Communist Party has no control over the company.

Huawei is claiming the ban is unlawful, adding, the US has failed to provide evidence that laws were broken.

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Dancho said that while the diplomatic frictions between China and Canada were concerning, there was no clear evidence they were related to the canola dispute.

Huawei's ties to the Chinese government have come under scrutiny, and the USA has called the Chinese phone giant "duplicitous and deceitful". "No contrary evidence has been offered".

Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping, center, speaks in front of other executives during a press conference in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province, on Thursday. He complaining Washington was "sparing no effort to smear" the company.

Huawei wants to negotiate with Washington to resolve its security concerns but the law blocks President Donald Trump from restoring market access, Guo said.

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This is slowing down the roll-out of 5G across the USA, which could benefits users across the country, who Huawei says will be forced to choose, "between government funding and high-quality, cost-effective products".

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