‘No gun, no smoke’: Huawei beefs up legal battle against its US ban

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The Chinese tech giant says a US law banning purchases of its equipment by government agencies is unconstitutional

Chinese telecommunications goliath Huawei is attempting to accelerate a lawsuit it has recorded against the United States government, its most recent move to obstruct Washington’s endeavours to contain the organization on what the US says are national security concerns.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has blamed Huawei for taking trade secrets, fraud and damaging US sanctions against Iran. It has prohibited government offices from purchasing Huawei hardware.

In a different move, it has additionally banned US companies from pitching parts to Huawei, in spite of the fact that that choice has been put on hold until August 19 to give American companies time to modify.

“Politicians in the US are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company,” Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping said during a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen. “This is not normal. Almost never seen in history.”

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

This move posed constitutional challenges as In March, Huawei documented a suit in the US challenging the protected legitimacy of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act on which the ban on buying of Huawei equipment by the federal government agencies is based. This week, the organization connected for a summary of the judgment, a move that could enable it to sidestep a preliminary trial and accelerate the lawful procedure.

Huawei says the rule not only stops US government agencies from buying its equipment and services but also extends the prohibition to companies who want to buy Huawei gear or services.

Huawei is one of the world’s biggest makers of telecommunications equipment and a leader in cutting edge 5G mobile technology. But it relies on providers from overseas, including the US, for key components such as computer chips.

Huawei also believes the US has other motives.