The decision by the regulators of the United States to classify the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei as a national security threat has been challenged in a court in the country. This development came after the decision of the US Federal Communications Commission to prevent use of a $8.5bn government fund by the rural mobile providers to purchase Huawei equipment.
Evidence that it was a threat to security “does not exist”, said Huawei in its legal filing. And this court case is the latest in among the a number of other challenges ongoing between the US government and Huawei.
Huawei is seeking the US Court of Appeal to overturn the decision by the Federal Communications Commission.
“The US government has never presented real evidence to show that Huawei is a national security threat. That’s because this evidence does not exist.,” said the company’s chief legal officer, Song Liuping speaking at a news conference at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen.
In its effort to fight back against the policies of the Trump administration that are apparently specifically aimed against it, this is the second legal challenge by Huawei this year. A similar legal case was filed by Huawei on May this year against the decision of the US government agencies to prevent the purchase of its equipment.
The company has been reportedly caught in the crossfire in the trade war between the two largest economies of the world – the US and China. Apart from being the largest telecom equipment manufacturer of the world, Huawei is also the owner of some of the crucial technologies needed for the construction of 5G telecom services – the next generation mobile connectivity.
At the same time, the US has been pressurizing its allies to not allow participation of Huawei in the construction of 5G technology I n their respective countries.
Ensuring continued co-operation with the US over intelligence sharing would form the basis of the decision of whether or not to include Huawei in the construction of Britain’s 5G networks, said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Nato summit in the UK on Wednesday.
“On Huawei and 5G, I don’t want this country to be unnecessarily hostile to investment from overseas,” Johnson said. “On the other hand, we cannot prejudice our vital national security. Nor can we prejudice our ability to co-operate with other vital… security partners – and that will be the key criteria that informs our decision about Huawei.”
(Adapted from BBC.com)