Chinese telecoms giant Huawei sues U.S. over ban

China blocks canola shipments from Canada's Richardson

China blocks canola shipments from Canada's Richardson

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Thursday said it is suing the United States over a law introduced previous year that bans government agencies from buying its equipment.

Founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei has said Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms gear maker, has never and will never share data with China's government.

"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products", he told reporters at a press conference in Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen.

Huawei Technologies waging a legal and public relations battle on a growing number of fronts. "Huawei has an excellent security record and program.No contrary evidence has been offered".

Huawei in a statement said it has filed a complaint in a US district court in Texas challenging its addition to the US National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA). "The company claims that its 5G technology is superior to its peers".

Guo Ping, rotating chairman of Huawei Technologies Co., said the USA ban was "unconstitutional".

The Texas court hearing Huawei's case will not be bound by that decision, but will likely adopt its reasoning because of similarities in the two disputes, said Steven Schwinn, a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

"We've had enough", the staffer said. "I don't think the bill of attainder gambit will work [however]".

The company and its various executives offered an impassioned view as to why the U.S. ban on Huawei should be overturned, in addition to citing legal reasons why the move was unconstitutional.

Reuters reported on March 7 that at least 10 senior journalists have been approached by headhunters hired by the company, offering annual packages of $200,000.

The move comes as Washington tries to persuade allies to ban Huawei from business alleging espionage risks.

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Huawei has announced that it will be taking legal action against the United States for codifying a legal ban against the use of Huawei equipment on 5G networks in the US.

China has cancelled Canadian agribusiness Richardson International Ltd's registration to ship canola to China, the company said yesterday, the latest sign of tensions between Ottawa and Beijing.

The two superpowers are now conducting video-conferencing negotiations to reduce trade friction after Washington delayed a deadline to increase tariffs by 25 percent on about $200bn in Chinese products last week.

In November 2018, a federal appeals court rejected a similar lawsuit filed by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which was challenging a ban on the use of the company's software in USA government networks.

Guo said the company was seeking unspecified damages.

Chinese authorities have emerged as staunch defenders of Huawei.

China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor in what observers see as retaliation just days after Canada arrested Meng.

"The supply chain is global - numerous other companies manufacture products in, or use components or manufacturers in China". He said he had no information about whether the Chinese government would join Huawei in the lawsuit.

Huawei officials denied that the privately held company was "owned or influenced" by China's government.

China has warned of serious consequences if the Huawei executive is not released.

Imports of coal from Australia have recently been caught up in the northern port of Dalian over environmental inspections, causing concerns a ban had been implemented. Spokesperson Geng Shuang said coal that did not meet the country's environmental standards had been found in recent years, so this was part of general quality-and-safety inspections.

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