Huawei executives have defended the company at Mobile World Congress, as well as in their newest marketing strategies, they have taken out a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal and in New Zealand thecompany has ads that compare 5G without Huawei to “life without rugby”. But their biggest move yet is the announcement they made last week saying they are suing the US government over the banning of their products from fears of Cyber espionage.
US has been trying hard to convince other countries to stop using Huawei’s 5G network because it could pose a threat to national security, out of these countries, Australia and New Zealand have already taken the advice, but the UK and Germany are not yet convinced.
The company has filed a lawsuit in Texas against the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Trump back in August, that bans federal agencies from buying Huawei products. But Huawei says they are an employee-owned company and deny the allegations that any of its products pose a national security risk. Deputy Chairman of Huawei, Guo Ping, said at a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen that “Huawei has not and will never implant “back doors”. We will never allow others to install any in our equipment.” He added:
“This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers. The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evident to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort.”
US government officials were not yet available to comment on the lawsuit.
There is also the charge against Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, for the company’s involvement in skirting US sanctions on Iran. Both Meng and Huawei have denied the accusations, an arraignment in Brooklyn being scheduled for later this month.