Legal Battle Between Huawei and the US Heightens
On Wednesday this week Huawei, a leading global provider of information and technology infrastructure and smart devices, upped its legal battle against the US.
What is the Chinese tech giant saying? That the federal government ban on Huawei is unconstitutional.
The trade tensions between China and the US have been increasing, and Huawei is smack bang in the middle of it. The main reason behind the clash is that US officials have feared for a while that Huawei's technology could be used against the American nation as an espionage tool for the Chinese government.
Huawei has fervently denied these allegations from the start.
A recent legislation banning US government agencies from using and purchasing Huawei equipment has specifically brought up friction. So much so that in March, the Chinese company filed a lawsuit against the US government.
Huawei lawsuit against U.S. government
The lawsuit focuses in particular on the law known as The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA specifies exactly the budget and policies of the US Department of Defense, including the agencies operating under it.
President Donald Trump signed the law, which exclusively forbids the use of Huawei equipment or services from being used or purchased by any federal agencies or their contractors.
Huawei's Chief Legal Officer, Song Liuping, said in a press conference from Shenzhen on Wednesday, that the US is attempting to put the company out of business by using its legislative action. Something "almost never seen in history".
Moreover, Song stated that the US has yet to prove any evidence to back up its claims against Huawei's spying threat. He continues, " There is no gun. No smoke. Only speculation."
"There is no gun. No smoke. Only speculation."
It was at this press conference that Huawei disclosed it had filed a motion in the Eastern District of Texas court for summary judgment of its case against the US.
To add fuel to the fire, friction was heightened this month after the U.S. Department of Commerce included Huawei to its trade blacklist. This blacklist prevents the company from buying any parts from American companies. Something Huawei has relied on heavily.
With its placement on the U.S. trade blacklist, Huawei has been critically hit as major US tech companies - including Google - pull out of the trade with the Chinese company.
What will happen next for Huawei?
Ren Zhengfei, Huawei's CEO, told Chinese media that they are "fully prepared" for a clash with the U.S.
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