Huawei files complaint against U.S. government ban

Dr. Song Liuping, Chief Legal Officer of Huawei

In the latest development surrounding the on-going Huawei ban by the U.S. government, the company has filed a motion in a court case that it hopes will accelerate the process to halt the illegal action taken against it.

On May 29, as part of its challenge against the U.S. government, Huawei called on them to halt its state-sanctioned campaign against Huawei because it will not deliver cybersecurity.

Banning Huawei using cybersecurity as an excuse “will do nothing to make networks more secure. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,” said Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer. “Politicians in the U.S. are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company,” Song noted. “This is not normal. Almost never seen in history.”

“The U.S. government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Song added.

In the complaint, Huawei argues the action singles out Huawei by name and not only bars U.S. government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services, but also bars them from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services—even if there is no impact or connection to the U.S. government.

Song also addressed the addition of Huawei to the “Entity List” by the U.S. Commerce Department two weeks ago. “This sets a dangerous precedent. Today it’s telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers,” he said.

Huawei believes that U.S. suppression of Huawei will not help make networks more secure. Huawei expects the U.S. to take the right approach and adopt honest and effective measures to enhance cybersecurity for everyone, if the U.S. government’s real goal is security.

So there you have it. These are the current developments in the still-developing saga between Huawei and the U.S. government. For now, Huawei will have to wait until Sept 19 for the hearing on the motion.


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