Huawei continues its lawsuit against the United States , challenging the constitutionality of a US law that prohibits federal agencies from buying their products.
The beleaguered Chinese technology company said on Wednesday it wants Washington to “stop the illegal actions” against it and considered the US restrictions as an attempt to get them out of business.
US politicians are “using the strength of an entire nation to persecute a private company,” Huawei’s chief lawyer Song Liuping said at a news conference in Shenzhen.
Huawei filed a motion for summary judgment, asking the court to revoke part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The technology alleges that a part of the law, which specifically prohibits government agencies from using technology from Huawei and its smaller Chinese rival, ZTE, violates the US Constitution by singling out an individual or group to be punished without trial.
“The US government UU has not provided evidence to prove that Huawei is a security threat. There is no evidence, there is nothing. Only speculations, “said Song.
Huawei filed for the first time the lawsuit against a part of the National Defense Authorization Act in March.
But that was before the United States hit it with an export ban, effectively preventing US companies from doing business with Huawei. The US Department of Commerce UU He placed Huawei earlier this month on a list of foreign firms that are considered to undermine US national security or foreign policy interests . The listed companies are prohibited from receiving components and programs unless there is a license.
Huawei’s demand would be “a Pyrrhic victory at best” in the face of new US restrictions. UU., Said Paul Triolo, who specializes in global technology policy at Eurasia Group.
The case “seems to be the last breath of the litigation approach of the company before the actions of EE. US, and if you want to survive … the firm will have to sue for an indulgent treatment from the Department of Commerce, “said Triolo.
Huawei is the largest telecommunications company in the world and its smartphones compete with Apple and Samsung.
The export ban imposed by EE. UU It forced suppliers such as Google and ARM Holdings to break ties with the Chinese company. Major companies in the United Kingdom and Japan have also delayed the launch of Huawei smartphones.
Adding Huawei to the commercial blacklist “sets a dangerous precedent,” Song said. “Today are telecommunications and Huawei. Tomorrow could be your industry, your company, your consumers, “he added.
Huawei says it has been accumulating inventories and diversifying its supply chain for years, anticipating being cut off from US suppliers. UU
But experts say that the inability to obtain American parts and components for a long time would be paralyzing. Huawei is a leader in 5G technology and being on the trade blacklist could also hinder the development of ultra-fast wireless technology around the world.
Song said being on the blacklist would hurt Huawei’s “more than 3 billion customers” in more than 170 countries, even in the United States where he still works with some rural operators.
“Connectivity is a basic human right and the US government is putting its rights at risk,” he said.
Yolonda Kerr is a general assignment reporter at The Grand Newsstand. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in her journalism career, and has lived in San Francisco for more than 8 years. Yolonda has appeared periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) NPR, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com.