Huawei sues United States over security ban on firm's products


A Canadian judge has set the date for a new hearing in the case of a Chinese executive with the global tech giant Huawei, who US prosecutors are hoping to extradite to face charges over bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.

The lawsuit is aimed at a USA statute that blocks government agencies from using equipment from Huawei and its domestic rival ZTE Corp., according to a complaint filed in federal court in Texas.

Guo said the USA government had "mislead the American public" regarding Huawei and "never presented evidence" regarding its allegations against the company.

"We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort", he added.

United States officials claim Huawei's equipment could be used by Beijing to spy on or disrupt American communications networks, and Washington has urged other governments to implement similar bans. Instead, the U.S. Government is using legislative overreach to interfere with the market.

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".

"This is one part of a much broader effort here to confront China over trade secrets theft and how the Chinese government is subsidizing companies and trying to get their products into the United States", Henning said.

The U.S. Department of Justice has laid out 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Huawei and Meng, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei. Huawei is willing to address the U.S. Government's security concerns.

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South Korea's Defense Ministry dismissed concerns that the reorganization of exercises will hurt military readiness. "I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected", Bolton added.

Huawei has confirmed it will launch a lawsuit against the United States government over its decision to ban the Chinese telco from government contracts.

The US has long voiced concerns that Huawei technology - along with its fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE - could pose a security risk, fearing that the company's technology could act as a backdoor for the Chinese government to spy. China is also blocking some imports of the agricultural product canola from Canada in development that could be related to Meng's case.

And the clash has complicated negotiations between Washington and Beijing as they try to hammer out a trade deal.

China arrested two Canadians on December 10 in what was widely seen as an attempt to pressure Canada.

Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat and now an analyst with Brussels-based global conflict monitoring think-tank Crisis Group, and Michael Spavor, a businessman and consultant, were detained after Meng's arrest.

It claims that the USA is improperly targeting and punishing Huawei without giving the company the chance to argue its case and "damaging its reputation".

Shifting tone, Ren in mid-February said Meng's arrest was politically motivated and "not acceptable". Moreover, Huawei has an excellent security record and program.