Telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei today announced a lawsuit against the US government for having banned its products amid accusations of espionage against the Chinese company, which accuses Washington of "hacking" its servers.
Huawei's rotating president, Guo Ping, reported today at a press conference about the legal actions taken by the company with the objective of challenging section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that prevents agencies Government acquire products of the company.
"This ban is not only illegal, it also restricts Huawei from participating in fair competition and, ultimately, harms US consumers," Guo said in the southeastern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the company's headquarters.
According to denounced, section 889 is "an abuse of the process of the US law, excludes Huawei from due process, violates the separation of powers, breaks the legal traditions of the US and goes against the nature of the Constitution itself" .
Given this situation, he explained, the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and the second largest smartphone in the world has been forced to file a lawsuit in a court in Texas, where Huawei headquarters is located in the US.
The lawsuit comes after the arrest of Huawei's financial director, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada on December 1 at the request of the US after being accused of violating the trade sanctions imposed by Washington against Iran.
"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to present evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei's products," Guo said.
In the midst of this crisis, US diplomacy is pushing allied countries and their Internet and wireless service providers to avoid Huawei, arguing that Beijing could force him to spy on or deactivate their networks.
"Given that the US has never presented any evidence to justify its security allegations, we question its intention not to let other countries use Huawei products," said Guo, who criticized the government led by Donald Trump "He spares no effort in manipulating public opinion to discredit Huawei."
Accusations about the security of the 5G technology developed by the Chinese company have always been rejected by the company, which insists that it does not have "back doors" to access any device and control it without the user's knowledge.
"Nor will we allow others to do so with our equipment," Guo warned, and publicly accused US authorities of attacking the company's servers.
"The US government has long described Huawei as a threat, it has 'hacked' our servers and stolen our emails and our source codes," the official told reporters.
In his view, Washington "fears that other countries will overtake it by adopting the most advanced 5G technologies" and "wrongly believes that it would benefit from the repression against Huawei."
Thus, he warned that, by restricting Huawei's presence in the development of 5G networks in the US and other nations, it is damaging its own interests.
"If this law is canceled, as it should be, Huawei could provide more technological advances to the US and help build the best 5G networks," he added.
The decision to sue the US comes after the company has been accused in the US of 13 charges, including industrial espionage and bank fraud.
Following the accusations of Washington, some countries such as Australia or New Zealand have shown misgivings about the products and infrastructure offered by the Chinese company.
According to Huawei legal affairs chief Song Liuping, "the US attack against Huawei is intentional and political," and he demanded that the court declare the veto of the company unconstitutional.
Although Beijing has not yet ruled on this demand, on numerous occasions it has demanded that Washington "end its unjustified repression of Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat them objectively and fairly."
Meanwhile, Huawei's financial director, released on bail in Canada, is still awaiting the extradition hearing to the US, in a case that, according to her defense, has political and non-legal motivations.
In Canada, a judge delayed yesterday the extradition hearing of the financial director, at least until May 8, after accepting the agreement of the prosecution and the defense of Meng.