Huawei confirms lawsuit against US government as tensions escalate

Reuters

Posted at Mar 07 2019 08:31 AM | Updated as of Mar 07 2019 10:35 AM

The Huawei logo is displayed ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24, 2019. Sergio Perez, Reuters

HONG KONG - Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Thursday said it is suing the US government over a section of a defense bill passed into law last year that restricted its business in the United States.

Huawei in a statement said it has filed a complaint in a US district court in Texas challenging its addition to the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The firm claims the restrictions targeting Huawei are "unconstitutional."

"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products," said Huawei's Rotating Chairman Guo Ping in the statement.

The move comes as Washington tries to persuade allies to ban Huawei from business alleging espionage risks. Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims.