If this was a heavyweight championship match and we were in the mid rounds of the contest, the U.S. government would certainly be winning on my scorecard by a wide margin. But don’t count Huawei out just yet. The Chinese smartphone maker has come out swinging this week as it looks to battle back against what it considers unlawful actions by U.S. lawmakers.
In its most aggressive move to date, Huawei has filed a lawsuit in Texas that challenges a recent U.S. law that bans federal agencies from buying its products. Huawei’s American headquarters are located in Plano, Texas. The National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed last summer and signed into law by President Trump in August, forbids government agencies from using products made by Huawei and its Chinese rival ZTE. Officials pushed the law through because of concerns that the Chinese government could muscle its way onto those companies’ servers to access sensitive information about their users.
Huawei Deputy Chairman Guo Ping accused the U.S. government of acting as “judge, jury, and executioner” on the matter, during a press conference held at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen on Thursday. “This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers,” he said.