Huawei Sues U.S. as a ‘Last Resort’ Over What It Calls an Unfair Ban – The New York Times
âThe U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products,â Guo Ping, Huaweiâs rotating chairman, said in a statement announcing the filing of the lawsuit. âWe are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort.â
The lawsuit, which was filed in a United States District Court in Plano, Tex., where Huawei has its American headquarters, argues that part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is unconstitutional because it singles out Huawei. The act bans government agencies from contracting with Huawei or companies that use the companyâs equipment.
The suit is part of a legal and public relations offensive that Huawei has recently mounted to push back against spying accusations. The company, Chinaâs biggest maker of telecommunications gear, has been under pressure for months by the United States authorities.
In December, Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huaweiâs founder and the chief financial officer of the company, was detained in Canada at the behest of the United States, which is seeking to extradite her.
Her father, Ren Zhengfei, the companyâs founder, has since rejected the claims against his daughter and said that he would wait to see if President Trump would intervene in the case. Ms. Meng has been in court this week in Vancouver, British Columbia, as part of an extradition hearing.