Huawei announces lawsuit against US government: reports

Huawei announces lawsuit against US government: reports
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Chinese tech company Huawei announced Wednesday night that it is suing the U.S. government in response to an effort to limit its access to Western markets. 

The company filed the lawsuit in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas, which is home to Huawei's U.S. headquarters in Plano, the Associated Press reported.

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Huawei said it is asking the court to throw out a portion of the U.S. military appropriations act that blocks the the U.S. government and contractors from using its equipment.

The lawsuit alleges that the appropriations act would further curb its access to the U.S. market.

A Huawei official claimed the ban “based on numerous false, unproven and untested propositions.”

“Huawei has an excellent security record and program. No contrary evidence has been offered,” Song Liuping, the company’s chief legal officer, said.

The U.S. has repeatedly expressed concerns that Beijing could use the company’s equipment to spy on American consumers.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has maintained that the company does not share any information with the Chinese government.

“We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” the company’s chairman, Guo Ping, said at a news conference, according to the AP.

The conflict between Washington and Huawei has drastically escalated in recent months. 

U.S. prosecutors in January filed charges against Huawei, accusing the company of stealing trade secrets and violating sanctions imposed on Iran. That month, the Justice Department announced a series of charges against Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

Meng, who is under house arrest in Canada while she fights an American extradition request, is accused of misleading international banks about Huawei's business dealings in Iran that violated U.S. sanctions.

In what was widely perceived as retaliation for the arrest, China detained two Canadian citizens after Meng's arrest over allegations they were trying to steal state secrets. China's government on Monday accused the two men of colluding to steal state secrets. 

Huawei, the largest international manufacturer of network equipment for phone and internet companies, owns about 40 percent of the global market for network gear but has almost no presence in the U.S. due to a years-long clampdown on the company’s access.