Huawei files lawsuit against USA government

Huawei files lawsuit against USA government

Huawei has officially filed a lawsuit to sue the United States government.

Huawei's constitutional argument is threefold: the company believes that an unconstitutional "bill of attainder" unfairly singles out the company for punishment; that it violates its right of due process under the Fifth Amendment; and that it is a violation of separation of powers.

"The U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products". They say that Huawei-with Meng personally involved-misled US banks about the relationship between Huawei and Hong-Kong based Skycom Tech, which did business with Iran.

Huawei said it filed a lawsuit asking a federal court in Plano, Texas, to throw out a portion of this year's US military appropriations act that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment. "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.

"It's a good public relations ploy for Huawei for various reasons", said Jerome A Cohen, a New York University law professor and Council of Foreign Relations senior fellow.

Several U.S. lawmakers, blasting Huawei's close ties to the Beijing government, told VOA's Mandarin service that Huawei "should never be in America doing business" and they will "do whatever we can to block that".

"At Huawei we are proud that we are the most open, transparent, and scrutinized company in the world", said John Suffolk, Huaweis Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer.

The United States says Huawei equipment could be manipulated by China's Communist government to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications.

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Allies, like Australia and New Zealand, have banned Huawei and ZTE from supplying tech for their networks, citing major security risks.

Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei, a telecoms giant founded by her father, was changing planes in Vancouver when she was detained at Washington's request for allegedly violating United States sanctions on Iran.

Its typically press-shy founder, Ren, gave a two-hour interview to foreign reporters in January in which he said Huawei would reject Chinese government demands to disclose confidential information about its customers.

Meng, who is on bail and living at her Vancouver home, appeared in court on Wednesday to argue against the extradition, saying the request was politically motivated.

Long before Trump initiated a trade war with China, Huawei's activities were under scrutiny by U.S. authorities, according to interviews with 10 people familiar with the Huawei probes and documents related to the investigations seen by Reuters.

The two superpowers are now conducting video-conferencing negotiations to reduce trade friction after Washington delayed a deadline to increase tariffs by 25 percent on about $200bn in Chinese products last week.

Andy Purdy, the chief security officer for Huawei's USA business, defended the company in an interview with Cheddar in January, saying that "no government has ever asked us to spy" and calling the accusations part of a "drumbeat of anti-Huawei criticism". He didn't identify the company.

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