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The legal officer of Huawei, Song Liuping, in a press conference
Suspected of espionage potential by the Americans, the chinese group Huawei has counter-attacked Thursday by announcing a complaint against the United States for having prohibited the purchase of its telecommunications equipment by the administration.
The global giant of smartphones, therefore the battle in the courts. It had already launched a media campaign to counter the charges of Washington, according to which the facilities of the company for the future networks, 5G could be infiltrated by Beijing.
Huawei has indicated that the complaint had been filed at Plano, in the State of Texas. It aims at the prohibition made to the u.s. government to purchase the equipment and services to the chinese group, or work with third party companies that are its clients.
“The u.s. Congress has never been able to provide any evidence to justify its restrictions on the Huawei products. We are forced to take this legal action as a last resort “, said in a statement that Guo Ping, one of the presidents of the turning points of the business.
The u.s. government spares no effort to smear the company.
— Guo Ping, chairman turning to Huawei
“If this law is removed, as it should be, Huawei can bring to the United States of more advanced technologies and help them to build the best networks for 5G “, the fifth generation of mobile technology, ” said Mr. Guo.
He pointed out that the group of private chinese would ask for damages and interests because of the restrictions “unconstitutional” to.
Charges of piracy
“The u.s. government spares no effort to smear the company,” he also denounced during a press conference organised at the headquarters of Huawei in the metropolis of Shenzhen, in southern China.
Guo Ping also accused the Us of having hacked into corporate servers and stealing e-mails and source code.
According to Washington, the communist Party in power in China could use equipment made by Huawei to spy on other countries or disrupt communications.
The United States have banned the company, a leader in global in this area, to participate in the deployment of the 5G on american soil. And they grow their western allies to take similar measures.
Huawei has launched in recent weeks an intense media campaign to defend his reputation. And the formerly discrete group’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, aged 74, is mounted in the niche, giving several interviews to foreign media.
The case, Meng Wanzhou
In its offensive against Huawei, Washington also intends to judge its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, for violation of the sanctions against Iran. Arrested in early December in Canada, and currently on supervised release, it is also the daughter of the founder of the group.
The next appearance of Ms. Meng has to take place on may 8 in Vancouver, where she had been arrested in early December during a stopover between two flights.
In the aftermath, two Canadians had been arrested in China, in what is widely perceived in the West as a retaliation. They are believed to have endangered national security.
A world leader that is of concern
Huawei is the global leader in telecommunications equipment. But his dominance gave rise to the growing concerns of the United States, who want to stay at the forefront of the technology sector.
They say they worry that Beijing may use back doors (backdoors) in the equipment to potentially eavesdrop on communications.
Concerns that find their origins in the past of the founder of Huawei — an ex-army engineer — and in a law requiring groups whose headquarters is in China to provide technical assistance to the intelligence services.
On this last point, the legal officer of the company acknowledged on Wednesday that the group would respond well to the requests of the chinese government, but only for cases of terrorism or criminal activities.
“But if it went beyond the provisions expressly stipulated by law, we rejetterions such a request,” said Song Liuping. According to him, the installation of backdoors would be a “suicide” commercial if the matter was revealed.