Huawei today has taken a new step in its fight against the US government’s sanctions and filed a motion for summary judgment in its court case to accelerate the process to halt illegal action against the company.
On May 29, 2019, Huawei announced that it has filed a motion for summary judgment as part of the process to challenge the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA). It also called on the U.S. government to halt its state-sanctioned campaign against Huawei because it will not deliver cybersecurity.
Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer said “will do nothing to make networks more secure. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,”.
“Politicians in the U.S. are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company,” Song noted. “This is not normal. Almost never seen in history.”.
“The U.S. government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Song added.
in the complaint by Huawei urges that new sanctions not only bars U.S. government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services but also bars them from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services—even if there is no impact or connection to the U.S. government.
The officer also mentioned the addition of Huawei to the “Entity List” or trade blacklist imposed by the US Department of Commerce two week ago.
“This sets a dangerous precedent. Today it’s telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers,” he said.
“The judicial system is the last line of defense for justice. Huawei has confidence in the independence and integrity of the U.S. judicial system. We hope that mistakes in the NDAA can be corrected by the court,” Song added.
Following this filing, a hearing on the motion is set for September 19.
The US believes that telecom equipment made by Huawei Technologies could be used to spy on the country and is under control by the Chinese state government. On the other hand, Huawei has always denied these allegations and said their equipment has no such threats, clarifying that its products are secure to use.