Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban in Escalating Legal Clash

07 March, 2019, 09:23 | Author: Sally Reid
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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 USA prosecutors are hoping to extradite to face charges over bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.

Huawei has announced it has filed a suit against the USA government as a result of restrictions placed on the use and purchase of Huawei products.

VANCOUVER, Canada-Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom on March 6, amid rising diplomatic tensions between Canada and China surrounding her arrest.

Huawei claims the US statute blocking Huawei equipment from developing 5G networks hinders competition and hurts the economy.

Her lawyers said they needed more time to prepare a defense, which would include alleged abuse of process.

"Huawei has not and will never implant 'back doors, ' " said Guo, the chairman.

"Huawei Australia stated a year ago they would "take all possible measures to protect our legal rights and interests" in response to the Australian government's decision to block Huawei from participating in the rollout of Australia's 5G network", Collinson said.

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.

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The executive was arrested in December at Vancouver's airport at the request of USA authorities and Canada announced last week it intends to proceed with the extradition case. Australia and New Zealand have moved to restrict use of Huawei equipment while the United Kingdom and Germany are considering restrictions.

"The supply chain is global - numerous other companies manufacture products in, or use components or manufacturers in China".

It also accused the USA government of hacking its servers and stealing emails, while smearing the company without any evidence, and blocking its ability to compete in 5G technology around the world.

Huawei also accused the United States government on Thursday of hacking its servers and stealing company e-mails.

The case strained Canada's relations with China, which this week accused two arrested Canadians of stealing state secrets and blocked Canadian canola imports.

Shifting tone, Ren in mid-February said Meng's arrest was politically motivated and "not acceptable". China, the world's top importer of canola, says it pulled the company's shipping registration over insect infestation concerns, though many see the measure as retaliation against Ottawa over Meng's arrest, the Canadian Press reported.

Collinson said Australian courts have generally been reluctant to weigh in on executive decisions related to national security there, nor would there be much scope for Huawei to base a lawsuit on breaches of a 1988 bilateral investment treaty between the two.

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