The Chinese phone maker claims that the restriction imposed on them in the US are unlawful and baseless
The conflict between Chinese telecom giants Huawei and the US government heated up, as the former has filed a lawsuit against the government. Huawei’s operations and sales have been banned in the country. The company has decided to contest the decision in court, claiming that the allegations made against them were not backed by facts, and are also unconstitutional. Huawei revealed the decision at a press conference in Shenzhen, China, on March 7, 2019.
For quite a while now, the US government has been accusing Huawei of having ‘backdoors’ in their networks. Their main concern lies in the company leaking critical information to the Chinese government, however the government has no proof to back the claims up. Owing to these cyber espionage concerns, the government has banned Huawei from selling their products in the country. The company has also been stalled from construction of telecommunications infrastructure. The decision came as a tough blow to Huawei as they were all set to partner with US based cellular network provider AT&T, to sell their phones. Huawei has repeatedly denied the US government’s claims, although to no avail. As a result of which, they have decided to sue the government.
“This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers. We look forward to the court’s verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people,” said Guo Ping, Huawei’s chairman.
Ever since its inception in 1987, Huawei has always been suspected to be connected to the Chinese government. The company has now claimed to have found a legal provision under which the US government might have to life the ban imposed on the phone maker.
“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,” came the statement from Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer.