CHINA Huawei lawsuit against US govt understandable: MFA


Huawei lawsuit against US govt understandable: MFA

By Bao Han | People's Daily app

16:38, March 07, 2019

It's completely understandable for enterprises to safeguard their legitimate rights through legal means, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Lu Kang said at a routine press briefing on Thursday after the Chinese telecom giant Huawei lodged a lawsuit against the US government over a ban of its products.


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Huawei on Thursday said it is suing the US government over a law introduced last year that bans federal agencies from buying its equipment.

Huawei argued that the restrictions in the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which mentioned Huawei and ZTE by name, are "unconstitutional".

"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort," Guo Ping, Huawei rotating chairman, said. "This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers. We look forward to the court's verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people."

Lu added that China has lodged solemn representations and indicated its opposition to the US government over the negative content in the above act.

Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA not only bars all US government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services, but also prohibits them from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services, without any executive or judicial process, Huawei said in the statement.

(With inputs from CGTN)

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