Huawei files lawsuit against United States government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference during ongoing session of the NPC in Beijing

Huawei files lawsuit against United States government

"We continue to be a supplier of high-quality canola to China and will work with China to resolve this issue as quickly as possible", she said in a statement. The company has spent years trying to put to rest accusations it facilitates Chinese spying or is controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

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. Guo said the ban would limit competition, slowing the rollout of fifth-generation communications and raising consumer prices.

In its lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Huawei argues that the section in question is illegal because it could sharply limit the company's ability to do business in the United States despite no proof of wrongdoing.

"The US congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products", said Mr Guo. Such a provision in the NDAA, Huawei alleges, violates the US Constitution and illegally bans federal agencies from buying its products.

The most recent high-profile target was South Korean retailer Lotte, which sold land to the Seoul government for a US anti-missile system opposed by Beijing.

The latest import suspension was completely "reasonable and legal" and aimed at protecting the health and safety of Chinese citizens, said Lu. Moreover, Huawei has an excellent security record and program.

If a judge decides Huawei has a plausible claim the case will proceed to the discovery phase, in which internal documents are shared and USA government officials could be forced to provide testimony and lay out their security concerns. "At the end of this process, my advice was to exclude high-risk vendors from the entirety of evolving 5G networks".

Washington has pressured other countries to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information. Meng faces charges in the United States of bank fraud and violating USA sanctions on Iran.

The executive, who is the daughter of the company's founder, was arrested December 1 by Canadian authorities and is fighting a US extradition request.

As the diplomatic row with Canada escalated, China has detained two Canadians working in China, and on Monday accused one of them of stealing Chinese state secrets passed on to him by the other.

Ms Meng faces a May 8 hearing in Vancouver, where she was arrested while changing planes.

Meng's lawyer Richard Peck has told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge the case is "rare" and comments by United States President Donald Trump raise concerns. In it, the manufacturer's US wing, based in Plano, Texas, names various government department heads, from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, as well as the United States itself, as defendants. The company's 2018 revenue forecast is $100 billion and its founder, Ren Zhengfei, said last month this year's target is $125 billion. Under the country's national intelligence law, it would be required to cooperate with Chinese authorities if asked.

He said that the section is punitive and in doing so is harming Huawei's reputation.

"It is an abuse of the U.S. lawmaking process, this strips Huawei of its due process ... and goes against the very nature of the Constitution", Guo said.

The ban came into effect last August as part of the Defense Authorization Act, which also placed similar restrictions on fellow Shenzhen-based telecoms equipment company ZTE.

Huawei has responded with an aggressive PR campaign to counter the U.S. warnings, with reclusive founder Ren Zhengfei denying the fears in a series of foreign media interviews. Since then, Ren also has talked at length with foreign TV broadcasters.

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